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ABERDEEN coach Ebbe Skovdahl has warned West Ham United that they will face a major fight from the Scottish club if they follow up their interest in youngster Kevin McNaughton.

Skovdahl has seen McNaughton develop into one of the finest young talents at the club, and a regular in his Dons side.

"We are building a team at Aberdeen not dismantling one and Kevin is a key part of our plans for the future, said Skovdahl to the Daily Record. "He's going nowhere.

"It's likely he wouldn't get into the West Ham first team at the moment and, anyway, we want to hold on to our best players as we build a team capable of progressing in the SPL."

West Ham boss Glenn Roeder had earlier professed that his scouting network had recommended the defender.

"We are represented at many games in Scotland and McNaughton's name has been mentioned to me," said Roeder.

"We're aware he's been watched by other clubs and, while we are not near to making an approach for him, we will continue to monitor the situation.

"There are several young players we know about so we'll just wait and see what happens."