Leeds United have joined the race to land Dundee star Greg Stewart this summer.
The Tele understands the English Championship giants sent scouts up to watch Stewart in the final few games of the season.
And it’s understood they were impressed enough to be considering a six-figure offer for the 26-year-old’s services this summer.
Stewart still has a year left on his current Dens Park deal and would command a fee should he switch this summer.
In principle Dundee, of course, are reluctant sellers.
Last week they made attempts to tie their forward down to a longer deal but, as yet, their offer of new terms is yet to be penned by Stewart.
And as a result there is a growing acceptance at the club that star man Stewart may depart before the start of the Premiership season on August 6.
With Stewart available to open talks on a free transfer in less than seven months, interest both north and south of the border is growing for a player nominated for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award two years running.
Rangers have had a long-standing interest in adding life-long Light Blues fan Stewart to their ranks.
But sources close to the player’s camp have suggested the interest from Mark Warburton’s outfit has cooled somewhat in recent months, as the Championship-winning Gers chase more high-profile, big money additions such as outspoken former England international Joey Barton as well as Croatian Niko Krancjar.
Hearts are reported to have thrown their hat in the ring in recent days, following news that Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has placed Stewart on his summer transfer wishlist. The Dons boss is considering a £250,000 bid for the Dark Blues forward, although that is thought to fall well short of what Dundee are keen to recoup for the man they picked up for a nominal fee from Cowdenbeath.
Meanwhile, as revealed in the Tele last week, Bulgarian defender Kosta Gadzhalov is set to extend his stay at Dens.
The centre-back is understood to have verbally agreed to sign a deal that will see him stay at Dens until the summer of 2017.
It is expected Gadzhalov will put pen to paper in the coming weeks.
Paul McGinn, though, is expected to leave.