James Wilson in training for United.

James Wilson completes loan move to Aberdeen

Monday 13 August 2018 09:00

Manchester United striker James Wilson has sealed a loan move to Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen for the rest of the season.

The Dons have won the race for the signature of the 22-year-old, who played for United's Under-23s at Fulham on Friday night.

Wilson, who scored twice on his senior debut for the Reds against Hull City in 2014, has represented England at various levels, including the Under-21s, and will look to show his goalscoring prowess north of the border.

James Wilson will look to score goals in the Scottish top flight.

Aberdeen sold Adam Rooney to Salford City, who had been top scorer four years running, so they have been in the market for a new centre-forward.

The switch to Pittodrie is the fourth loan spell of Wilson's career, after previous stints with Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County and Sheffield United.

Since Ricky Sbragia's appointment as Under-23s coach, the club have enjoyed good links with Scottish clubs and Matty Willock is already with St Mirren in the same division.


Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was delighted to bring in James, who he had been tracking for a while. He told Aberdeen's official club website: “I am absolutely delighted to secure James on a season-long loan as he is a player I feel will very quickly become an important member of the squad for us.

“He is a real quality player, who I think will suit the way we play, and, having spoken to him, I think he sees this move as a real opportunity for him. There were other clubs interested in taking James but he feels this is the right place for him to continue his development.

“I’d also like to thank Manchester United for the part they played in making the loan happen.”