Utd to ben­e­fit from Arm­strong’s switch

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DUNDEE United are now guar­an­teed a six-fig­ure wind­fall af­ter for­mer star Stu­art Arm­strong signed for Southamp­ton.

The Scot­land mid­fielder has penned a f our-year deal af­ter com­plet­ing his £7 mil­lion switch from Celtic.

Un­der the terms of his 2015 moved from Tan­nadice to Park­head, the Tan­ger­ines are due a chunk of that fee.

That’s likely to see them land some­where be­tween £400,000 and £500,00, though the de­tails of over what pe­riod that money comes in will have to be thrashed out with the Hoops.

Arm­strong’s fu­ture at Celtic Park had been in doubt af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions over a new con­tract had stalled, leav­ing Bren­dan Rodgers to cash in with just a year to run on his cur­rent deal.

He was part of the side that won the ‘dou­ble treble’ un­der Rodgers and won a to­tal of eight ma­jor tro­phies dur­ing his time at the club.

He scored 17 times in 2016-17 and forced his way into the Scot­land setup but strug­gled to repli­cate that form last sea­son af­ter an in­jury.

Arm­strong is man­ager Mark Hughes’ first sign­ing of the sum­mer win­dow af­ter Southamp­ton nar­rowly sur­vived rel­e­ga­tion from the top flight of English foot­ball, and the for­mer Stoke boss was keen to add the Scot’s cre­ativ­ity to a squad that scored just 37 goals last sea­son.

Hughes said: “Stu­art is a player who we have ad­mired for some time, and I am de­lighted we have been able to bring him here, espe­cially given the com­pe­ti­tion we faced to sign him.

“We have strong play­ers in the squad and it is im­por­tant we build on that by adding dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties.

“It is im­por­tant we add a greater goal threat to the team as a whole, and to our mid­field specif­i­cally, and Stu­art’s record of scor­ing and cre­at­ing makes him an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion in that area.

“He brings with him ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of Euro­pean foot­ball and has de­vel­oped his game im­pres­sively over the past few sea­sons at a ma­jor club in Celtic, where there is a de­mand not only to per­form but also to win. Stu­art has done both dur­ing his time there.”

Arm­strong added: “Southamp­ton seems a re­ally good fit for me. Watch­ing from afar, I re­ally en­joy the at­trac­tive foot­ball that they play and I’m very happy to be here.

“Every sea­son, I put de­mands on my­self to cre­ate and score goals. I hope go­ing for­wards from here that it will be the same this term at St Mary’s.”

For­mer Dundee United mid­fielder Stu­art Arm­strong (right) has left Celtic to join Southamp­ton in a £7 mil­lion move.

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