Dundee United could launch ambitious move for ex Aberdeen star Peter Pawlett

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson
Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson

Dundee United could launch an ambitious move for wide man Peter Pawlett before the transfer window closes.

The 27-year-old former Aberdeen star has been with MK Dons since the summer of 2017 and, significantly, it was United boss Robbie Neilson who signed him for the English outfit.

His game time there this season has been limited but he has returned to the starting line-up in recent weeks and that could see the League Two side demand a fee for him.

It was with the Dons up north the pacey winger made his name and, in 10 years at Pittodrie, he made over 200 appearances.

His proven track record in the top flight and past association with the manager makes him an obvious target as the Terrors look to put together a squad that doesn’t just get back to the Premiership but does well there.

If the former Scotland U/21 international does join up it would take the January arrivals at Tannadice to six.

A busy month so far has seen Aidan Nesbitt, Cammy Smith, Morgaro Gomis, Ian Harkes and, on Wednesday, goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw all fixed up.

And, including Pawlett, that number could rise by another two or even three by the time the window closes in a week.

Meanwhile, gaffer Robbie has set his charges the challenge of finishing the month at the top of the Championship by getting all three points tonight at Ayr.

United go into the clash at Somerset Park level on points with their second-place hosts, though Ayr have a game in hand over their rivals, and three off top-of-the-tree Ross County, who play on Saturday.

Robbie said: “If we can end the January window up at the top of the league it would be great for us and still have a little bit of the transfer period to get a couple of players in as well.”