Uk news Livingston boss expects striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to sign for Aberdeen PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The 30-year-old looks set to stay in Scotland despite reported interested from clubs in Asia.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Livingston boss David Martindale admits he expects striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to complete a move to Aberdeen. The 30-year-old netted nine times in 31 appearances for the Lions but looks set to have played his last game for the club. Martindale had earlier this season confirmed the striker would be leaving West Lothian in the summer with a move back to Asia the most likely destination. Emmanuel-Thomas had previously been playing in Thailand before signing with Livi. However, he looks set to stay in the Scottish Premiership - although should a move to Aberdeen be completed, Martindale says Livingston will be due a fee. Speaking after his side's season-ending 0-0 draw at St Johnstone, the manager said: "I had a gentleman’s agreement with big JET. “I’ve been open and honest about it. If he could go over to foreign shores and pick up bigger money he could go. He’s not getting any younger. With the finances at Livingston, there’s no way a player of that ability should be playing for us, if I’m honest. “I got him due to Covid. It took us a long time to get him up to speed, so I think everybody’s seen what he’s capable of in the last six weeks to two months." He added: "By JET staying in Scotland, I’ve also got a handshake that we would command a fee. “JET’s agent has been dealing with that side of things but I know it’s been ongoing. I’ll pick that up this week. “Would I love to see JET staying in Scotland? Yes, I would.
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. They’re not getting him for nothing." Emmanuel-Thomas won't be the only player departing the Tony Macaroni Arena this summer as the gaffer admitted there will be a huge turnaround in players - whilst also confirming other clubs are interested in members of his coaching staff.
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He also confirmed he will discuss a possible permanent deal for midfielder Djibril Diani, currently on loan from Grasshopper Zurich. He said: "Djibril did well today. That's a conversation we'll be having with Grasshopper. He's on decent money there and what I can offer him will be different. "Then you've got the problem of the work permit as he's currently here on a temporary work permit that runs until mid-June. His agent is based in Switzerland and I have a very good relationship with him but at this point in time, he'll not be at Livingston next year." He added: "There's going to be a massive turnaround in players in the summer due to various reasons, a lot of which is finances. "Success brings other clubs looking at your players and your staff. I know there's interest in some of my players, and staff, and there's players out of contract. "We don't know when fans are going to return to the stadium so there's a lot of stuff that's in limbo just now. I'll focus on the positives and crack on with the recruitment. "I'll make sure I've got a squad capable of trying to get us back into the top six next year."
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