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Swansea and Sunderland eye up Dundee teen Wighton

By Liam Kennedy, 10 October 2013 2.45pm.

Premier League duo Swansea City and Sunderland are closely monitoring Dundee striker Craig Wighton.

But the good news for Dark Blues fans is that the club are set to stand firm, despite keen interest from down south.

The Tele understands Wighton, who made his first competitive appearance as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Cowdenbeath, has been tracked by the pair since the start of the season.

And scouts from south Wales and the north-east have sent back complimentary reports to their respective clubs.

That has raised the realistic prospect of a six-figure bid from down south for the 16-year-old in January.

League One leaders Rangers have also shown a keen interest since the summer, after Wighton impressed in a youth game at Rangers’ training ground, formerly known as Murray Park.

But despite lots of interest, Dundee are desperate to hang on to a player they see as a precocious talent.

And with funds awash at Dens Park at present, and Texan cash bolstering the coffers, the Dark Blues have no need to accept any bid.

Obviously, every player has his price, that includes Wighton, but it would have to be a mega offer for Dundee to start talking.

Another thing standing in the way of any potential deal is the will of the player.

By committing his immediate future to the club as recently as the summer, Wighton, and his family, see his footballing education best served at Dundee, the club he’s been at, and supported, since boyhood.

On his young strike talent, Dundee boss John Brown is full of praise.

The gaffer admits if Craig Beattie or Peter MacDonald picked up a knock, he’d have no qualms about throwing the teenager in from the start.

“I have no fears about starting the lad,” said Bomber.

“The fans have a good right to get very excited about him.

“Craig is a good kid — he shows us in training he’s not out of place.

“He’s got football intelligence in him, the only thing lacking at the moment is his physical presence.

“Everyone can still play a big part but Wighton has waited his turn and is now getting his chance.

“We have given some other players their chance and they haven’t taken it. Now it’s his turn.

“He’s a boy that will score goals for us and then go on to bigger things.”