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Dundee United signing spree set to kick off this weekend

Dundee United are closing in on the first of what could be as many as 17 signings over the summer.

Such is the extent of the planned overhaul of the Tangerines squad, they’re set to continue beyond the start of the season in July.

So far no clues as to who’s on the wanted list have been forthcoming from Tannadice.

But the Tele understands talks with at least two targets are at an advanced stage and deals could be struck over the weekend.

Nicky Clark (right) has been linked with a move to Dundee United.

Dunfermline pair Fraser Aird and Nicky Clark could be on the verge of joining up.

While United have declined to confirm their interest in Clark, the 26-year-old’s proven scoring record at Championship level is something of which they are aware.

And despite interest in him from the Premiership – St Mirren have also been linked – a determined effort to get him to Tannadice appears to be ongoing.

Ex-Hamilton defender Ziggy Gordon is also on their radar and he could be fixed up soon.

With other identified targets, the process could take longer.

While the departures of 14 players means replacements are needed, and soon, as much time as is needed to ensure the right quality is obtained for next season will be taken.

Dunfermline star Fraser Aird is believed to be a target for United

With the season just over, a number of players and agents are on their summer break and that will delay some business. In other cases, the calibre of those involved means United will battle with other clubs to get them.

The fact they are remaining outside of the Premiership for a third season running makes that task harder – but it’s not being seen as an insurmountable one.

And the number of players who’ve expressed an interest in hearing what the plans for the new-look squad are has been encouraging.

There will be action at Tannadice tonight as Dave Bowman’s annual match to raise cash for skin cancer and dementia charities takes place.

It will see a string of other past Tangerines greats turning out in the home ranks.

“We’ve got the usual list of suspects and Sean Dillon and Jon Daly will be back in United strips as well,” said Bow.

“We’ve even got your columnist in the Tele, big Lee Wilkie, playing. Before he agreed to turn out he did check we have XXXL shorts for him to wear.”

The opposition is made up of fans who’ve bid to play against their past heroes. The action kicks off at 6.30pm and entry is free.

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