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Last Updated: Monday, 19 May, 2003, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Chiarini to leave Tannadice
Daniele Chiarini in action for Dundee United
Daniele Chiarini had been offered a new deal at Firhill
Stephen Carson and Daniele Chiarini have been told that they have no futures at Dundee United.

Central defender Chiarini only arrived at Tannadice four months ago after turning down an offer of a new deal with Partick Thistle.

But Alex Smith was sacked as United boss and successor Ian McCall has decided that the Italian is not in his plans.

Winger Carson was a 100,000 purchase from Rangers in 2001 and, like Chiarini and out-of-favour striker Allan Smart, has 12 months left of his contract.

But McCall told the Courier newspaper: "I've spoken to Stephen and Daniele and told them they should find new clubs and that we'll help them do that.

"Already there is interest being shown in Daniele and Allan Smart."

A decision is expected by the end of the week on the futures of former captain Danny Griffin and on-loan fellow defender Andy Tod.

Northern Ireland international Griffin's situation is complicated by his transfer from St Johnstone three years ago being part funded by Barry Gold.

The agent is due a six-figure sum from United whether the player re-signs or leaves as a free agent.

An appearance fee due to Dunfermline Athletic means that Bradford City cannot afford to give Tod one more game, but the centre-half's wages could also prove to be beyond United's means.

Dundee United winger Stephen Carson
Stephen Carson has been out-of-favour at Tannadice
McCall has also to make a decision about veteran former Hibernian and Rangers midfielder Russell Latapy, who signed on a short-term deal that finishes at the end of the season.

Wing-back Jim Paterson is expected to sign a new two-year deal this week, but a number of other players are definitely departing Tannadice.

Derek Lilley, Jim Lauchlan, Alan Combe, Stephen McConalogue, Hugh Davidson, Ryan Waddell and Graham Gartland have been told that they will not be given new contracts, although McCall has hinted at a rethink over Lilley and Lauchlan.

Winger Barry Robson is arriving from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, while defender Scott Paterson is joining from Partick.

Falkirk midfielder Mark Kerr, Thistle defender Alan Archibald and Everton pair Peter Clark and Kevin McLeod are others being mentioned as possible captures.

United have also been linked with Ross County goalkeeper Tony Bullock, with reports suggesting an exchange deal for Carson.


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