Dundee United snap up defender Donaldson

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Dundee United have agreed to sign central defender Coll Donaldson after he joined them on their tour to the Netherlands.

The 20-year-old played as a trialist for the second half of last night’s friendly against Vitesse Arnhem in Driel, which United lost 4-0.

Some paperwork has still to be done but terms have all been agreed.

Donaldson will be known to some as the promising youngster who joined Queens Park Rangers from Livingston for a fee of £150,000 in January of last year.

Having been freed from his contract at Loftus Road he won’t cost the Tangerines a fee and when all the paperwork is done he will be unveiled as the second central defender signed by boss Jackie McNamara following the acquisition of Mark Durnan.

It is a timely signing, with Callum Morris not on the trip to Holland after picking up a thigh injury.

McNamara said: “I thought big Donaldson did OK tonight and he will be joining us.

“We are just waiting on getting everything finalised.

“It has almost all been done and we are delighted with that.”

Morris and Paul Paton are both sidelined through injury, while Ryan Dow suffered a dead leg last night after being clattered by Vitesse keeper Eloy Room.

McNamara added: “Pates might be OK for our later pre-season games but Callum could be struggling.

“Obviously, that made it more urgent for us to get big Coll in.”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that English Premier League newcomers Watford will visit Tannadice for a friendly on Saturday, July 25 with a 3pm kick-off.