Dundee United’s teen prodigy Andrew Robertson has been linked with a £1 Million summer move to Everton and Swansea.
In the week Robertson has been called up to the full Scotland squad, Roberto Martinez has been a long term admirer of the flying Scotsman. United chairman Stephen Thompson has no need to sell any of his prized assets, due to the encouraging financial accounts published this week. But will a 7 figure offer tempt his hand?
Dundee United fans favourite Nadir Ciftci has been linked with Turkish side Bursaspor.
Ciftci only joined United in the summer of 2013 but has already extended his contract saying he is happy with life on Tayside. Nadir currently leads the goalscoring charts with 8 goals this season, despite spending a number of games out injured. Any move for the Turkish hitman will almost certainly result in a large fee having to be paid.
When questioned by the Daily Record over United’s poor recent run of form, he said
“We can pick it up again tomorrow against Hibs.
“We are definitely one of the better teams in the Premiership now. If we keep playing well we will pick up results again.”
Here’s hope this is the case and United can grab their first win of the calendar year.
2010 Scottish Cup winner David Goodwillie has been linked with a move to New Firm rivals Aberdeen.
Goodwillie has struggled on his return to Tannadice after his loan from Blackburn, scoring just 5 goals – 3 of which coming in a League Cup tie. But various sources have reported that Goodwillie will leave Tannadice on the 12th January 2014 with Pittodrie a possible destination.
Rumours around the city have suggested that Goodwillie’s attitude in recent weeks has left him down the pecking order, behind the likes of Ciftci and Graham. Despite this move not working out, Goodwillie will always be fondly remembered for his Scottish Cup heroics in 2010.
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Reports from other news sources have suggested Rangers are preparing to launch a move for Gavin Gunning, despite the club’s latest chairman saying the club is “living beyond its means” and “costs need to be cut” in order for the League 1 club to survive yet another liquidation.
It would seem a player of Gunning’s quality and improving ability would find it difficult to drop down two divisions to an unstable club characterised by constant in fighting and bickering. Gunning has been in talks with chairman Stephen Thompson regarding an extension to his current contract. Gunning has been handed the captain’s armband recently with Sean Dillon being kept out the team by Gunning and young Souttar’s blossoming partnership. There is still a gap between what Gunning wants and what Thompson has offered, but reports have suggested a compromise will be met.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic have been linked with a move for highly rated Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
The Scotland Under 21 captain, who recently earned a call-up to the full international squad, has recently signed an extension to his contract at United, with reports saying an offer in the region of £2 million would be required to tempt Stephen Thompson into selling the linchpin. With Peter Houston becoming a Celtic scout recently, United fans will worry that the Scottish Cup winning ex-manager will cherry pick United’s crop of young talent. But with Ryan Gauld signing an extension to his contract, it would seem unlikely that Armstrong would take a sideways step to a club like Celtic.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, McNamara stated
‘There’s been no contact,’ said the United boss late last week.
‘I’m very happy with the way things are shaping up with the squad. We want to keep this squad together for as long as possible.
‘It doesn’t surprise me (the interest in his players) but it doesn’t change anything. It’s just about focusing on what we do.’
John “Soapy” Souttar looks set to extend his contract on improved terms to follow the example laid down by Ryan Gauld.
With Souttar turning 18 in September, United look set to offer the standout teenager a 5 year contract, to keep him tied to the Premiership high flyers until 2018. And by that time, the towering centre half will still only be 23.
United will have to fend of interest in the defender in both transfer windows in order to sign that contract, with youths like Souttar not being allowed to sign contracts of more than 3 years until they are 18.
Liverpool and Everton look set to battle in the New Year for Andrew Robertson, reports suggest down south.
Everton look favourites to make the first move, but sources on Merseyside suggest that they could face competition from arch rivals Liverpool.
With much of the attention being focused on Ryan Gauld recently, it could be argued Robertson is favourite to leave with Gauld signing a new extension, taking his contract to May 2017.
With his only recognised first-team left-back Jose Enrique out until February after knee surgery, Liverpool’s manager is in the market for a new left back, with Robertson seeming to tick all the boxes. Merseyside youngster Joe Flanagan has been filling in at left back and starred with a goal against Spurs on Sunday. But he is seen as more of a right back.
Although Robertson seems keen to stay on Tayside which could be a stumbling block. Himself, Gauld and Souttar have recently moved into a flat together which shows the cohesiveness of the United team at the moment. With the team riding high in the Premiership and looking capable of beating anyone, it would take seven-figure bids before Thompson would consider selling Scotland’s current player of the month.