Clubs interested in landing Greg Stewart are set to bide their time in a ploy to bag the Dundee frontman.
The Dark Blues have slapped a remarkable seven-figure price tag on the head of the 26-year-old.
And while it’s true some have baulked at the huge fee, given Stewart is out of contract next summer, and moved on to other targets, the Tele understands a number of clubs remain interested.
However, not one, including Championship side Leeds United, are keen to splash out£1 million on the two-time PFA Scotland Player of the Year nominee.
Instead, it’s understood clubs keen to sign him are hoping Dundee, who they believe, despite statements to the contrary, will be keen not to lose their prized-asset for nothing in 12 months, lower their fee expectations as the summer wears on.
It’s understood some have even shelved efforts to add Stewart this year, with eyes on pre-contract negotiations instead, which can begin in January.
Dundee are desperate to hang on to their star man, though.
It was only last month managing director John Nelms revealed the club were willing to lose Stewart without recouping a fee in the future, instead of losing his talents now.
That has not stopped the speculation, though. It’s been rife for the last 12 months.
Stewart has been heavily linked to a host of clubs north and south of the border.
Aberdeen were interested in signing him but were understood to be willing to fork out just £300,000, which falls well below Dundee’s valuation.
Rangers, Stewart’s boyhood heroes, have also kept a close eye on his progress for more than a year but, despite interest, a bid from Ibrox did not materialise in January and does not seem to be any closer this summer.
Hearts are also understood to have considered Stewart, as well as scores of English Football League clubs sending scouts up to run the rule over the former-Cowdenbeath frontman.
The major problem for Dundee, which makes interested parties’ hands even stronger, is the fact Stewart has rejected a new deal at Dens.
And with no new second offer on the table, and barring a ‘break the bank’ deal for Stewart, it seems certain the popular attacker will leave Dens in the next three windows.