New Dundee United owner Mark Ogren to fly in for transfer talks with manager Robbie Neilson

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Mark Ogren.

Dundee United’s new owner Mark Ogren will be at Tannadice after the New Year to talk squad funding with manager Robbie Neilson.

The 56-year-old American businessman has already been in the city to watch the Tangerines beat Queen of the South last month.

Newly-installed chairman Ogren, who this week bought a controlling 85.61% stake in United by snapping up the shareholdings of Mike Martin and Jimmy Fyffe, will fly back across the Atlantic to talk money with Neilson.

Confirming that the timing of the sale ahead of the January window’s opening was key, Ogren said: “You can work on player transactions…to improve your team for the second half of the season.

“They won’t be major changes because we’re not that far off from where we need to be.

“We’ll be bringing in some new players.”

He added: “Our short-term goal is to get promoted to the Premiership level.

Robbie Neilson.

“We’re very close to getting that done.

“We just need the final push to get there, and we will do that.

“The club was in the top league for many, many, many years. It has a very rich history.”