Nadir Ciftci’s future could be back in the melting pot after reports emerged from England the Dundee United striker was set to turn down the chance of a £1 million-plus move to Wigan Athletic.
The League One club had a bid accepted by the Tangerines and he was given permission to discuss personal terms with their manager Gary Caldwell.
On Tuesday morning, though, the 23-year-old reported for the first day of pre-season training with his United team-mates.
And as the day progressed, there were strong suggestions he’d said a polite “no thanks” to the Latics.
By the afternoon, neither club were in a position to confirm that.
And Wigan would like to persuade him that, despite back-to-back relegations, their long-term future is at the top end of English football.
It’s understood he does not fancy a move to the third tier down there and views staying at Tannadice for the final year of his contract a better option.
With, however, Celtic, Middlesbrough and one as-yet-unnamed foreign club all still chasing him, there remains every chance the Turkish star has kicked his last ball for United.
The Hoops had a £900,000 bid rejected on Monday night but remain interested. An improved offer from them is likely to be forthcoming.
Equally, though, United’s resolve not to sell to them remains strong and it could take as much as a £2m bid for them to change that view.
The Tangerines board are well aware of their fans’ continuing anger over the sale of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven in January and know another departure to Parkhead could be too much for Arabs to take.
Meanwhile, season tickets sales at Tannadice have topped the 4,000 mark.
That leaves United on course to get close to last year’s total figure of around 5,600 sales.
And team boss Jackie McNamara appreciates the efforts the suppor-ters have made.
“The response from our fans has been excellent,” he said.
“Buying their tickets before the end of the loyalty period deadline allows me to continue structuring the squad ahead of the season’s start in August.
“Our home record is excellent compared to a few seasons ago — and a big part of that has been down to the backing from the stands.”