Sunderland make move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes

Sunderland have made a formal approach for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

McInnes was a key member of Smith's Rangers side which won the SPL title in 1996-97 and he is believed to be a big admirer of the 45-year-old, who has a 54% win ratio with the Dons.

McInnes has previously stated his intention to stay with Aberdeen but could be tempted by a high profile job in the English Championship.

McInnes, who's been at Aberdeen since April 2013, has overseen a period of on-field success winning the League Cup final in 2014 and qualifying for Europe in successive seasons.

All three clubs relegated out of the Premier League started the summer looking for new bosses and Sunderland are the only one still managerless after Hull appointed Leonid Slutsky and Middlesbrough recruited Garry Monk.

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He is likely to treble his £300,000-a-year salary at Sunderland as the successor to David Moyes.

His contract at Pittodrie runs until 2019, and Aberdeen are reportedly seeking a compensation package worth around £1m for his release.

However, if McInnes does go, midfielder Ryan Christie could pull out of his proposed season-long loan switch from Parkhead to Pittodrie, which would force the Scottish champions to stump up more than the £1.3m in cash they have tabled.

Sunderland identified their man early on and have now made their move to get McInnes in place at the Stadium of Light.

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