Dundee risk losing central defender Declan Gallagher for nothing this summer.
The Tele understands several Scottish Premiership and English League One clubs are monitoring Gallagher’s situation, with the 22-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
In fact, the youngster, a virtual ever-present in the Dark Blues starting XI for the last 18 months, is free to talk to other clubs now.
It’s understood contract discussions between the club and their star centre-half, which began more than a year ago, have stalled.
And unless Dundee are prepared to put an improved deal on the table the former Celtic trainee could walk away from Dens in June.
Gallagher, previously watched by MK Dons, isn’t believed to be one of the biggest earners in the Dark Blues’ senior squad.
And, given the uncertainty over his future, a number of clubs north and south of the border have been alerted to his availability.
According to sources, as it stands no official approach has been made for the 6ft 5in stopper but scouts from the top flight and the English Football League have been charting his progress.
The potential loss of Gallagher, popular with the Dundee faithful, would come as a huge blow to manager John Brown.
Having already described the ex-Clyde man, signed by former boss Barry Smith in 2012, as the best defender in the second tier, he seems the type of prize asset the gaffer’s keen on building his team around.
Gallagher has made a big impression since making the switch from League Two.
Last season, he made 28 appearances in the doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the SPL.
This season, Gallagher, along with Matt Lockwood and Kyle Letheren, has started all 24 games, scoring four goals.