Dundee have made star striker Greg Stewart an offer to extend his deal beyond next summer.
Dark Blues boss Paul Hartley confirmed the club are now waiting to see whether Stewart, whose contract expires in 2017, will put pen to paper at Dens Park.
It’s understood the offer, should he sign, would make Stewart the highest-paid player at the club.
And while the gaffer is in a positive frame of mind with the situation, he accepts a player of Stewart’s talents is going to attract interest.
Paul, who picked the 26-year-old up for a nominal fee from Cowdenbeath, said: “We have spoken to Greg and his agent and we have made him an offer.
“That has only happened in the last day or two but we are positive on that.
“He’s somebody we want to keep but it’s a fact that players have ambitions, also.
“We don’t want to sell him but we realise the other end of things.”
Stewart is not expected to be short of suitors this summer as he enters his final year at Dens.
Boyhood heroes Rangers have a long-standing interest in the striker, who operates off the right-hand side and clubs from across England have sent scouts up over the last two years to keep a close eye on Stewart’s progress.
Leeds and Sheffield United are said to be keeping tabs on Stewart, as they are on strike-partner Kane Hemmings, too.
Paul is understandably desperate to hang on to his player, though.
“There is no doubt we want to keep him,” he said.
“We are trying to keep him because he has been fantastic for us over the last couple of years.”