Rovers close on £2m Scottish starlet

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Scottish Premier League star David Goodwillie could be on his way to England to play for Blackburn Rovers, as a £2 million offer was accepted by his club Dundee Untied.

But the Barclays Premier League side has competition from another Scottish club, as Rangers have pitched a rival bid.

Dundee manager Peter Houston confirmed the interest on both sides, but added that while Rangers have offered a similar amount, Blackburn is the club leading the race to sign up the Scottish striker.

"I'm led to believe he's just about there with Blackburn," said Houston.

"It's no secret Blackburn are interested in him. The clubs have agreed a fee. David Goodwillie is likely to go if he can agree terms.

"The chairman is happy with the offer Blackburn have made. I think Rangers have made an improved offer but he hasn't said to me whether he's happy with that or not.


"It's between the two clubs just now but certainly the only club that has spoken to David is Blackburn Rovers, and David's advisers haven't agreed a fee yet. I don't know what the Rangers offer is. I have heard it's very similar but only the add-ons from Blackburn are better, that's all I know."

Goodwillie, 22, has made 117 appearances for Dundee United, has began to feature for Scotland at international level and earned the SPFA Young Player of the Year award last season.

The deal is expected to go through on Monday, as Houston said yesterday: "I just spoke briefly to the chairman and he says it's almost there and it could happen tomorrow. I don't think it will happen today. It's getting there."

But the Dundee manager was disappointed to be letting the young forward leave, especially for the amount of money placed on the table, even with the extra add-ons, worth £800,000, tied into the contract

He said: "I told the chairman from yesterday I didn't want to hear anything that was going on.


"I know I'm losing David, I knew David wasn't going to be playing.

"If he'd been playing in England in the Npower Championship the way he has been playing in the SPL, a Premiership club would probably have paid more money.


"I think they've got a bargain."

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