Gauld wind­fall un­likely for Utd

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - BY GE­ORGE CRAN

FOR­MER Dundee United star Ryan Gauld could be re­turn­ing to the UK this sum­mer – the Tan­ger­ines are un­likely to reap any re­wards, how­ever.

After four years at Sport­ing, and two loan spells at Vi­to­ria de Se­tubal and Aves, the 22-yearold has been catch­ing the eye of clubs south of the bor­der and one in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

An ex­o­dus is ex­pected at the Lis­bon club after 50 fans stormed their train­ing com­plex, in­jured striker Bas Dost and trashed the dress­ing-rooms.

That fol­lowed a poor end to the sea­son and has alerted a num­ber of clubs to the avail­abil­ity of Sport­ing’s stars.

Por­tu­gal goal­keeper Rui Pa­tri­cio, who is in Russia for the World Cup, has al­ready quit the club with Ro­drigo Battaglia, Wil­liam Car­valho and Dost also ex­pected to leave.

And Gauld may be among them with English giants Liver­pool, Arse­nal and Tot­ten­ham all re­port­edly in­ter­ested.

Rangers have also been linked with a move for him and a move to Ibrox un­der new man­ager Steven Ger­rard seems much more cred­i­ble as he shapes his new squad.

Four years after he de­parted Tan­nadice, any sell-on clause Dundee United would have had in place won’t be ac­ti­vated – un­less the trans­fer fee is more than the £3 mil­lion fee the Lis­bon club paid for him.

After just two first-team league ap­pear­ances in those four years, that’s un­likely.

Mean­while, the Tan­nadice club are ex­pected to make their sixth sign­ing of the sum­mer in the shape of cen­tre-back Fred­eric Frans.

The for­mer Partick This­tle de­fender has been the sub­ject of a three-way bid be­tween the Tan­ger­ines, the Jags and Ross County.

How­ever, United are ex­pected to win that race.

The 29-year-old left Firhill in 2016 to re­turn to his na­tive Bel­gium as cap­tain of his for­mer youth team Lierse SK.

This sum­mer he’s a free agent, how­ever, after the Bel­gian club went bank­rupt.

And he is ex­pected to ar­rive at Tan­nadice over the com­ing days to try to help the Tan­ger­ines to pro­mo­tion back to the Premier­ship next sea­son.

Ryan Gauld played 50 times for Dundee United.

Fred­eric Frans

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