Fulham hit back over McNaughton
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Fulham have reacted with surprise to claims by Aberdeen that they pulled the plug on a trial at Craven Cottage for Kevin McNaughton.
Dons chief Jimmy Calderwood said last week that Scotland international McNaughton had been invited for a trial by The Cottagers and was due to head to London on Monday.
However, The Dons issued a statement on Monday evening saying Fulham withdrew the offer of a trial and muddied the waters further by stating it was because Chris Coleman had switched his attentions to Chelsea star Wayne Bridge.
Fulham have not been drawn to comment on the Bridge rumour, but have hit out at the claims McNaughton had been promised a trial.
"We are perplexed by the comments allegedly coming from Aberdeen regarding the player supposedly being promised a three-day trial with us as no dialogue whatsoever had taken place between ourselves and Aberdeen," read a statement on the club's website.
"McNaughton's agent had made a speculative approach to ascertain any potential interest in seeing the player train. Nothing at this time was agreed.
"Fulham would like to make it clear that if we were interested in a player at another club, a direct approach to that club would be made and we would not attempt to secure the services of a player through any other route.
"If the club had decided that it wanted to see Kevin McNaughton, it would then have been the responsibility of the senior management team at Fulham to liaise directly with Aberdeen."