Houston: Goodwillie valuation fair

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Peter Houston has praised Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson for standing firm in his £2million valuation of striker David Goodwillie.

The Tannadice club have reportedly knocked back a £1.6million bid from Blackpool for the Scotland striker who has had a series of off-field problems, including having a rape charge against him dropped this week.

Goodwillie has also been the subject of several bids from Rangers and the United boss insists Thompson will not budge until the money is right. He said: "It is not up to me, it's up to David [where he wants to play] and first and foremost it's up to a club to pay Stephen Thompson the money he and I think he is due."

He added: "The chairman is asking for £2million and we don't think it is an awful lot of money compared to some strikers who have moved in England.

"Goodwillie is good enough to be a £2million player.

"Let me tell you, David will be right out that door as soon as a club pays the right money and I admire the chairman for holding on with some of the offers that some clubs have put in because they are ridiculously low."

Houston reiterated his advice to Goodwillie not to move to Glasgow.

He said: "In my honest opinion, with his off-field problems, coming to Glasgow isn't the best thing. I said that and I still stand by that.

"You know the troubles that can happen here in Glasgow - and I'm a Glaswegian. I think he would be better served going down to England or abroad and proving himself and I believe he wants to do that as well.

"It is a crucial move, he has a decision to make. He has to grow up and be a mature person and I think he is getting there. I think he has had a couple of frights recently. He has to move on and think solely on a football career that can be a very good career."

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