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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has revealed that Hearts boss Jim Jefferies is interested in signing defender Zander Diamond.

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Diamond is out of contract in the summer and Brown appreciates the fact that Hearts' counterpart informed him of his plans to hold talks with the 25-year-old.

Brown does not want to lose the club's long-serving defender and has confirmed that a contract offer will be winging its way to the Alexandria-born man.

The Dons boss fears the club's tight wage budget could hinder their ability to retain his signature, although he hopes his happiness at Pittodrie will swing the decision their way.

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"To Jim Jefferies' great credit, he phoned me and said: 'I have not spoken to Zander Diamond but the possibility is, when I have gathered all the information, I will speak to him, but I will let you know'," said Brown. "You can't get fairer than that.

"Obviously we will offer Zander a contract.

"If it's just about money we might not be successful. But if he takes everything into consideration and is happy here and I hope he thinks the team is going places, that might influence him.

"But the usual deciding factor is financial and in that regard I think we would struggle to compete."

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