Dundee United fans breathed a massive midnight sigh of relief as Lawrence Shankland remained at Tannadice.
The Tangerines’ striker stayed true to his word, having pledged earlier this week to hang around beyond the transfer window to, he hopes, help United win the Championship title.
The “crazy money” bid that the club may have been unable to refuse never materialised and Shankland will be in his usual place today when they host Arbroath at Tannadice.
United boss Robbie Neilson, who spent a relaxing evening watching the Partick Thistle v Ayr United match, joked: “Shankland is in my boot just now!
“We had a good chat with him and his agent this week and decided it is best for him to stay.
“He is comfortable to stay here and reassess it in the summer and we are delighted with that.”
Going out of Tannadice was Matty Smith, who joined Irish club Waterford on loan.
After completing the move, Smith said: “Hopefully, I’ll be able to score plenty of goals here.
“I’m a very attacking-minded player.
“Hopefully, I can bring plenty of enjoyment to the fans while I’m here.”
United’s opponents Arbroath made a late move for James Craigen on loan from English National League side AFC Fylde.
Former Partick Thistle man Craigen (28) can play in either defence or midfield and will be at Gayfield until the end of the season.