DUNDEE UNITED have called off their loan move for Hearts striker Conor Sammon and boss Ray McKinnon will now look elsewhere.
There appeared to be some confusion at Tynecastle over the frontman’s availability after he had just agreed a three-year deal with ex-boss Robbie Neilson in the summer.
The 30-year-old former Kilmarnock, Wigan and Derby forward was on the Tannadice wish-list, but McKinnon has decided to continue his search in other areas.
Sammon, capped nine times by the Republic of Ireland, has had a tough start to his Jambos career and was booed by home fans when he came on during the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle at Tynecastle on Saturday.
It was thought a spell away from the Edinburgh club might prove beneficial, but new Head Coach Ian Cathro has now made clear he feels the player has the mental strength to cope with his settling-in problems.
And Sammon is now expected to be in the squad for tonight’s Premiership game against Dundee at Dens Park, although in-form American Bjorn Johnsen will lead the line.
United are now likely to turn their attention to their former striker Nadir Çiftçi who is out of favour and Celtic and has expressed a wish to go out on loan in order to get some first team action.
A move back to Tannadice is the most likely option for the player who has seen his teammate at Parkhead Kris Commons make a similar move into the Championship to join Hibs, managed by his former boss Neil Lennon.
Should United, and indeed Hibs, gain promotion to the Premiership then the clubs would be in a better position to secure permanent transfers in the summer.