Dundee United’s reputation for developing young talent could see them poach a highly-rated youngster from champions Celtic.
Hoops striker Denny Johnstone is understood to be keen to switch to Tannadice when his contract expires in the summer.
That could lead to bad blood between the Premiership rivals and a first transfer tribunal involving two top flight Scottish clubs for 15 years.
The 19-year-old is one of the most well-thought-of kids at Parkhead and has featured in the Champions’ Youth League against the likes of AC Milan and Ajax.
He has been offered a new contract, but his preferred option is to move to United and join up with promising kids like Ryan Gauld, John Souttar and newly-crowned young Player-of-the-Year Andrew Robertson.
Johnstone believes his chances of first-team football in the next season or so would be vastly improved by the switch to Jackie McNamara’s United.
His capture could cost the Tangerines in excess of 100,000, though so far no agreement on compensation has been reached and the clubs are miles apart in their valuations.
That could mean a tribunal is needed to fix the fee.
Meanwhile, United have secured a six-figure boost after extending two sponsorship deals.
Main sponsors Calor have signed up to have their company name emblazoned on the front of the Tangerines’ first-team jerseys for a sixth year in a row.
And the back of the strips will again feature local firm GA Engineering’s title on them next term.
“We are delighted that our two main sponsors have extended the partnership,” said chairman Stephen Thompson.
“Calor and GA Engineering have been an integral part of what we are achieving here at Dundee United and it is great to have both of them on board at this exciting time.”