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St Mirren ‘no longer pursuing’ Nacho Novo signing

Nacho Novo in action for Morton against Raith. Picture: Neil Doig

Nacho Novo in action for Morton against Raith. Picture: Neil Doig

ST Mirren have taken Aberdeen striker Josh Magennis on loan until the end of the season - but say they will not be signing former Rangers frontman Nacho Novo.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has been with out a club since leaving Morton last month but had been training with the Buddies.

However, rumours of a potential deal went down badly with some supporters and boss Danny Lennon says he will now not be offering Novo terms.

He told the club’s official website: “A club our size needs to look at all options out there, as competition for players is fierce during the window. We brought Nacho Novo in for a chat, as he had formed a lucrative partnership with big Thomo [Steven Thompson] in the past and has scored a lot of goals in Scotland. We are no longer pursuing this avenue.”

Magennis is Lennon’s third signing of the January window after landing the Northern Ireland international’s former Pittodrie team-mate Gregg Wylde on a free and Newcastle youngster Adam Campbell on a six-month loan.

The former Cardiff player has started just one match all season for Derek McInnes’ side, making the rest of 19 appearances from the bench but the arrival of former Inverness striker Adam Rooney in the Granite City pushed him further down the Dons pecking order.

But Lennon was happy to take the 23-year-old to Paisley for the remainder of the season.

He said: “We continue to work hard behind the scenes to add additional competition for starting places in our squad for the remainder of the season.

“One area we have been looking at is our striking options. Steven Thompson continues to be an important player who performs incredibly well for us, but we haven’t always got the blend round about him quite right at times this season.

“We have been delighted to bring in Gregg Wylde and Adam Campbell to provide us with width and pace in the final third. Stephane Bahoken will provide Thomo with much needed support, but we feel we haven’t had enough options in that area over the season so far and want to add one more asset into that equation.

“We are delighted today to have agreed a loan deal with Aberdeen for Josh Magennis until the end of the season. Josh has pace and strength and will add a few other dimensions up top for us. He has scored some notable goals at this level and he has the potential to do really well for us. He is also accustomed to playing a few different positions, which may come in handy for us.

“We were keen to take him permanently, but Derek McInnes wasn’t keen to let him go, as he thinks the lad has great potential. We do too. Josh comes here with a point to prove that he deserves more starts at this level and we want to harness that hunger and desire here.”

 

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