Dundee United have fired the starting gun in their attempt to sign Kevin Nisbet after making an official bid for Dunfermline’s star striker, Courier Sport can reveal.
The offer is understood to be a long way short of the valuation Pars chairman Ross McArthur has for the 23-year-old, however.
And it has also emerged that Shrewsbury Town are now tracking the former Raith Rovers man.
Hibs have dropped out of the race for Nisbet as a result of their financial issues and United are the only club to put money on the table this summer.
Portsmouth, who made Dunfermline a large six-figure offer in January, along with the Tangerines and the Easter Road club, are monitoring the situation, as are fellow English League One side Shrewsbury.
The player has already put on record that he feels he is ready to play in the Scottish Premiership now, which would be his first choice.
From Dunfermline’s point of view, they hope to persuade Nisbet that it would be in his best interests to see out the last year of his contract in Fife and hopefully help the Pars back to the top flight.
McArthur said last week: “Unless we get fair value for him, he’ll just stay.
“I’ve no doubt Kevin will go on to bigger and better things, but there’s interest down south as well and if clubs in Scotland think they might come in and get him for a cheap price because of coronavirus or whatever else, we’re not in a position where we need to sell.
“So, unless we got a price where we thought it was at a level where we couldn’t turn it down then nothing will happen.”