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Dundee United reject Rangers offer for David Goodwillie

Dundee Utd striker David Goodwillie

Goodwillie goals attracting interest

by Jim Spence

Dundee United have rejected a bid from Rangers for their striker David Goodwillie, BBC Scotland has learned.

The Ibrox club are believed to have made a verbal offer for the player, who has scored 11 goals this season.

However, the figure Rangers have offered is believed to be around half of United's £1.5m valuation of the Scotland international.

Celtic are also monitoring the situation, and English side Blackpool, too, have made a formal approach.

Rangers have been linked with a move for Goodwillie in the past.

On Thursday, Ibrox manager Walter Smith said he was unable to buy any player due to financial constraints at the club.

But Rangers' offer has coincided with them accepting a bid from Birmingham of around £700,000 for Kenny Miller.

We'd like to bring players in. Unfortunately the club aren't in a position to bring in any players just now

Dundee Utd manager
Peter Houston

However, even if the striker moves to the English Premier League side, the Scottish champions are unlikely to be able to meet United's expectations in terms of a fee for Goodwillie.

Goodwillie's agent confirmed that Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern are also watching his player, and their sporting director has attended recent United games against Hibernian and Aberdeen.

"Kaiserslautern have watched him recently and English Premier League clubs have watched him," Jim Harkins told BBC Scotland.

"They have staggered their viewing, coming up to see him to decide whether he can maintain his level of performance.

"He has maintained his level of performance consistently."

United chairman Stephen Thompson said on Wednesday that there had been no offers for Goodwillie, who has 18 months to run on his current contract.

But he conceded that the Tayside club would have to consider any serious bids.

"Obviously, he's in great form and has a great future ahead of him," Thompson told BBC Scotland.

"Let's be fair, every club is a selling club. If the biggest clubs in the world like Manchester United sell Cristiano Ronaldo then anybody can sell anybody.

"Every player has a price and that's just the way football is. We'll see in the weeks to come if we get any firm offers and that's it."

United manager Peter Houston was reluctant to discuss his player's future on Thursday.

But he did admit the kind of money raised from such a deal would allow him to make his own moves in the transfer market.

"I'd maybe be able to bring someone in on wages, not pay for anyone," Houston told BBC Scotland.

"We'd like to bring players in. Unfortunately the club aren't in a position to bring in any players just now.

"We'll wait and see what happens."

Apart from a loan spell at Raith Rovers, Goodwillie has spent his career at Tannadice and made his Scotland debut in the 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands in November.

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see also
Debut Scots call for Goodwillie
11 Nov 10 |  Scotland
Houston sees Goodwillie promise
12 Nov 10 |  Dundee Utd
Goodwillie's young player prize
19 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Goodwillie makes Kirkcaldy switch
02 Nov 07 |  Raith
Goodwillie extends Tannadice stay
23 Oct 06 |  Dundee Utd

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