Gavin Gunning offered an escape route

28/11/15 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP DUNDEE UTD V HAMILTON TANNADICE - DUNDEE Dundee Utd's Gavin Gunning cuts a dejected figure at full time

Defender Gavin Gunning looks set to be offered Dundee United escape route from across the pond.

The Irishman, who has been told he can leave the club by boss Mixu Paatelainen, has recently returned to the UK after a week-long trial with MLS outfit Orlando City.

The franchise, managed by former Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder Adrian Heath, are thought to have been impressed with the Tangerines’ central defender.

And it’s understood City are on the verge of offering Gunning terms, when his current deal at United ends in June.

The 25-year-old is still a United player, as things stand, despite being told in no uncertain terms by Mixu, and the club, that he is not wanted at Tannadice.

The former Blackburn, Birmingham and Oldham defender was given the boot by the gaffer after an incident where he walked off the park with the ball against Inverness earlier this month.

Mixu chose to keep the exact reason Gunning was frozen out private but it has been reported it was due to his lack of contrition in the aftermath of the event.

Gunning was told he was welcome to use the club’s St Andrews training base to keep fit but he is not thought to have taken the club up on that offer.

Instead, he took up the chance to train with Heath’s side in the Sunshine State, whose season is currently in full swing, and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Brazilian international Kaka and former Arsenal and Real Madrid frontman Julio Baptista.

Ex-Juventus and West Ham man Antonio Nocerino is also on the books at City, who had Dundee’s Kane Hemmings on trial in 2014.