Football Briefs

Craig Brown puts trio on trial at Pittodrie

Cowdenbeath agree terms with Flynn

Magpies' bid for Taylor rejected

Leicester complete signing of Danns

Caley Thistle given work-out by Clach

ABERDEEN manager Craig Brown has handed trials to three players as he steps up his attempts to strengthen his squad. Cameroon striker Patrick Bengondo, 29, and 21-year-old defender Jason Beardsley - a graduate of the Derby County youth academy - were at Pittodrie yesterday along with goalkeeper Matthew Jones, 25, has spent the last two seasons with the Portuguese side Santa Clara.

FREED HIBS keeper Thomas Flynn has agreed a move to Cowdenbeath. The 21-year-old was released by the Easter Road club at the end of the season but is set to pen a deal with the Fife side later this week after verbally accepting manager Colin Cameron's offer.

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Cameron said: "Hibs had to shed players this summer and unfortunately for Thomas he was one of them. But his loss is our gain because he is a very promising goalkeeper."

SWANSEA have rejected Newcastle's bid for full-back Neil Taylor amid a wrangle over his availability. The Magpies have been pursuing the 22-year-old for weeks after activating what they believed was a 1million release clause in his contract. However, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has rebuffed the offer and expects Taylor to play a role for the promoted club next season.

LECIESTER have completed the signing of midfielder Neil Danns, who has also wanted by Rangers. The 28-year-old, whose contract at Crystal Palace expires on 1 July, has signed a three-year contract with Sven-Goran Eriksson's side. Leicester's football director Andrew Neville said: "Neil is a player that has drawn a lot of interest due to his performances in recent seasons, so we're delighted he has chosen Leicester City."

FORMER ARSENAL Champions League player Kerrea Gilbert played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in last night's 2-0 win at city neighbours Clach.

The 24 year-old right back and former Rangers youth Andrew Shinnie appeared as Caley Thistle trialists.

Shane Sutherland opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Andrew's brother Graeme Shinnie scored the second for the SPL outfit four minutes before the half-time interval.