Out-of-contract Aberdeen midfielder Ethan Ross is currently on trial with Premier League side Southampton, according to the Daily Record.
The 19-year-old had been with Aberdeen since 2011, and has gone to make 12 senior appearances in total for them, in a spell full of ups and downs over the years.
The 19-year-old’s contract with the Scottish side reached a conclusion at the end of the 2020/21 season, and departed the club in search of a new adventure.
He has been offered a new deal with Aberdeen, but it looks as though he’s got his eyes set on a move into English football in the near future.
Ross has been linked with a move to both Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer, according to a report from Football Insider.
Sunderland were condemned to another season in the third tier, after being beaten by Lincoln City in their play-off semi-final, whilst Blackburn finished 15th in the Championship table last term, whilst under the management of Tony Mowbray.
But they could potentially be fighting a losing battle to strike a deal with Ross, who has been training with Southampton in the last few weeks according to the Daily Record.
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They would have been hoping to strike an agreement to sign Ross this summer, but given that he’s been training with Premier League side Southampton for a number of weeks now, that could hint that a move to the Saints is edging closer.
I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Ross in the early stages of his senior career, and it’s a bold call to make the decision to turn down a new contract with Aberdeen this summer.
Ross will be hoping that it can pay off, and he’s clearly a player with a bright future ahead of him if Southampton are taking a keen interest in landing his signature.