Fulham look to have successfully prised talented teenager from Aberdeen despite the best efforts of Dons’s gaffer Craig Brown.

The ex-national boss could barely contain his ire yesterday at the loss of his immensely promising 17-year old midfielder Jack Grimmer for what he perceives to be a derisory figure.

“We have to come up with ways to stop the top clubs in England taking away our best young boys for a pittance, I am not having a go at Jack.”

Fulham’s interest in the youngster is believed to date back to the summer with Martin Jol identifying him as a star of the future for his new-look Cottagers side.

A move down south at the end of this term was expected and coming now is a surprising development though they presumably wanted to avoid being out-manoeuvred by other interested parties when the player’s contract expired in June.

Grimmer became Aberdeen’s youngest ever player when he made his debut having just turned 16 against Rangers back in April 2010. Since then he has been blooded carefully by Brown making only a further three appearances for the club.