Dundee United have reluctantly agreed to listen to offers for Rachid Bouhenna.
The French-born Algerian has been the subject of bids from Saudi Arabian side Abha as well as Romanian team Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe, who are managed by former Tangerines’ boss Csaba Laszlo.
While Bouhenna has also caught the eye of clubs in Scotland, both the Saudis and the Romanians have acted quickly to try to buy Bouhenna, who has a year to run on his contract.
United manager Robbie Neilson still rates the 28-year-old, who was signed by Laszlo from MC Alger as a central defender but has latterly been operating in midfield.
Nevertheless, he is now expected to sit back and watch Abha and Sepsi fight it out.
The Tangerines realise Bouhenna is keen to play top-flight football elsewhere – both suitor clubs satisfy that criteria – and have agreed to let him go if the price is right.
Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar said: “I can confirm there is significant interest in Rachid Bouhenna from a number of clubs in Europe and further afield.
“If Rachid wants to leave and there is a bid that is acceptable to the club then the board, Robbie Neilson and myself would have to reluctantly consider it.
“It is not really a surprise that there are a lot of clubs who have expressed an interest in Rachid.
“He is a great player and a tremendous professional, who has shown his quality in a number of positions in his time at Dundee United.
“We will wait and see what develops.”