It looks as though Dundee United striker David Goodwillie will be travelling south to discuss terms with English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.
Steve Kean’s side lodged an increased offer of £2.8 million for the Scotland international with the deal broken down as £2 million up front, plus £800,000 of add-ons.
According to reports the deal is set to be concluded within the next 24 hours after the Ewood Park side met United’s asking price of £2 million and sweetened the deal with an extra 800k.
Earlier in the day it looked as though Rovers would see their pursuit of the striker fall by the wayside after their initial £1.7 million offer was rejected by Steven Thompson, but now the offer on the table is one that the United chairman could accept.
Despite persistent news reports that Rangers were odds-on to sign the player, with their players lauding their prospective new team-mate, the Ibrox side failed to match United’s valuation as owner Craig Whyte felt that the price tag was too steep for ‘that individual player’.
English Championship side Blackpool had an offer refused also by the Tannadice side as they looked to plug the inevitable gap that would be left by the departing DJ Campbell who is set to join Premier League new boys QPR.
With a move to the English Premier League on the cards, it looks like the new hierarchy at Rangers have been given a taste of the reality of the modern game now outwith the SPL.
The Ibrox side have failed in their attempts to sign five players in recent weeks – Neil Danns, Craig Conway, Tomer Hemed, Kamil Glik and Kenny Miller – and Ally McCoist must be wondering what is going on in the corridors of power at Ibrox, as target number six slips through their grasp.
And with the reported £15 million transfer kitty – on top of the initial £5 million – rumoured to be available to the Rangers manager, the question must be asked: Does Ally McCoist actually have a say in transfer matters? Because you can bet that if Walter Smith wanted those players the hierarchy at Rangers would have jumped through hoops to get them.