Dundee supporters have been left reeling by the news that star striker Kane Hemmings has left the club and signed for Oxford United.
A shock transfer south was completed earlier today and Hemmings has agreed a three-year deal with the English League One club.
No fee has been revealed by either side but sources close to Hemmings have insisted that there was a £250,000 buy-out clause in his contract (which Dundee have previously denied).
The priority – and huge task – for manager Paul Hartley will be to replace the former Cowdenbeath man’s goals before the transfer window shuts.
Hemmings scored over 20 last season.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Dundee were beaten by lower league Peterhead on Tuesday night, leaving their hopes of making the knock-out stages of the Betfred Cup hanging by a thread.
At the end of that game Greg Stewart – another key man linked with a move away from Dens – was the target of stick from some Dundee fans at Balmoor, to which he reacted.
Dundee have yet to make an official comment but Oxford manager Michael Appleton is delighted with the business he has concluded.
He said: “He is the proven goalscorer that we’ve talked about and he enjoyed a fantastic season last year,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said.
“There were a few clubs looking at him but we have talked to him, told him what we are about down here in Oxford and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Hemmings joined Dundee from Barnsley last summer after spells with Rangers and Cowdenbeath.