Dundee are at risk of losing Michael Cunningham, one of their top young talents, to English club Sheffield Wednesday.
The 18-year-old striker will travel to England tomorrow for a trial period with the SkyBet Championship outfit, who are managed by Steve Bruce, after impressing Wednesday scouts this season.
Cunningham, the Dark Blues’ top scorer at youth level, has been on the Owls’ radar since the start of the year following a string of standout displays.
He has also turned out for Dundee’s colts side in the Irn-Bru Cup.
Cunningham is seen as one for the future by Wednesday and would be part of Neil Thompson’s under-23 squad rather than Bruce’s senior side.
The marksman only joined Dundee from Celtic last summer and would be open to remaining at Dens Park to continue his development but, with the club deep in the relegation mire, he is yet to be offered an extended deal.
With uncertainty regarding what division Dundee will be playing in next term – and the potential financial ramifications of the drop – there are fears that several of their promising youngsters could leave without a fight this summer.
The form of Dundee’s youth side has been one silver lining to a dismal campaign for the club.
They reached the SFA Youth Cup quarter-finals, have lost just one of their last six matches and – as well as Cunningham’s sparkling form – prospects Lyall Cameron, Josh Mulligan and Finlay Robertson have all gained Scotland recognition for their age group.