Aberdeen once again beat Hibs in the transfer market with the signing of Vicente Besuijen.
The highly-skilled Dutch boy was introduced at Pittodrie on Monday and Stephen Glass was delighted to have his man.
In announcing Besuijen’s capture, the club claimed to have defeated competition from Scotland and abroad.
Y record sport online he may now reveal that Shaun Maloney’s Hibees were also keen to sign the 20-year-old who had been capped by the Netherlands up to under-19 level.
However, the Dons were willing to bet more money on the ADO man Den Haag and were able to get past their rivals, who have since signed Demetri Mitchell.
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Once again, it’s a sense of déjà vu for the Easter Road side, who seem to miss out on transfer targets to Aberdeen on a regular basis.
record sport online take a look at five players who chose the northeast over the capital.
Aberdeen sacked Hibs to sign the Belgian midfielder from Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £125,000.
Both clubs had accepted transfer offers for the player, but Ojo decided to team up with then-Dons manager Derek McInnes, who was delighted to seal his signature.
“I couldn’t be happier to have Funso,” manager McInnes told the club’s website.
“He is a player who will fulfill a key position within my squad”.
The former PSV youngster failed to find his place in his first two seasons at Pittodrie, but has now become a regular in the side under new boss Stephen Glass.
A year later, the Dons again beat the Hibees in their search for Ross McCrorie, who joined the Dons on a loan deal from Rangers that later became a permanent transfer the following summer.
Hibs were early candidates for the versatile midfielder, and chairman Ron Gordon was optimistic about the prospect of his arrival.
“We are in negotiations,” he told Hibs TV. “Ross is a great young player”
However, Derek McInnes snuck under his nose to hijack a move, and McCrorie has rarely missed a game in the red in his 18 months so far in the Northeast.
As recently as earlier this month, Shaun Maloney was left reeling after missing out on another transfer target to Stephen Glass and Aberdeen.
record sport online revealed that the young American’s former head coach at Georgetown University, Brian Wiese, helped the Dons get past their national rivals to land their man, after contacting his friend and Dons legend Bobby Clark, who now lives in the US
Wiese said: “Bobby knows everything about the university because his son Jamie is here and he watches us too.
“He knows Dante is a good player and he put us in touch with chairman Dave Cormack and Stephen Glass. I just did the presentation at the end of the day.”
Aberdeen striker Christian Ramirez was also involved in the transfer, as confirmed this week.
He said: “He contacted me and picked my brain on Aberdeen, their philosophy, style of play and thoughts on him coming at a young age.”
Dons supporters will be eager to see their new man in action once he’s up to speed in his new surroundings.
In January 2018, Northern Irish star Niall McGinn returned to Pittodrie for the second time after his six months in South Korea, revealing that he had turned down both Hibs and Hearts to reunite with Derek McInnes.
McGinn met Hibs boss Neil Lennon at the Hibs training ground and even attended a meet at Easter Road.
But the former Celtic man later explained his reasons for returning to Aberdeen in an episode of the Open Goal podcast.
He said: “Hibs played Celtic at the time and I went to the Hibs game, and then I went to training ground to meet Lenny.
“I spoke to Hearts, I spoke to Hibs – I had good clubs that wanted to sign me, but it was obviously a no-brainer to go back to Aberdeen.
“I also knew what I meant there. Building a new training ground, I knew I had played my best football here and always had a good relationship with the fans.”
Back in 2012, the Dons were able to stave off interest from Hibs by signing former Scotland international Gavin Rae, who admitted the lure of playing for his hometown club was too good to pass up.
Speaking to the Express, Rae confirmed Hibs’ interest in signing him, but said he had made up his mind.
He said: “I spoke to Hibs on Thursday, I was at their training camp. But between Hibs and Aberdeen, I was going to choose Aberdeen because I’m from here and want to play for them.
“I used to come here with my old man. My grandfather was an Aberdeen fan, my dad and then me. Practically all my family is, so I’m delighted to be here.”
A whole decade later and it seems that Aberdeen beating the Easter Road side to a transfer target has become the norm.