Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson’s interest in buying into Australian club Newcastle Jets appears to be fading.
The Tannadice supremo was part of a consortium that was in pole position to purchase the A-League side.
However, the word from Down Under has been that the asking price for Jets of around £1.9 million has placed doubt over the buyout.
Thompson would neither confirm nor deny that was the case, honouring the confidentiality clause he has signed.
However, he did stress that all of his attention is firmly fixed on United as they try to stay in the Premiership.
Thompson said: “I can make no comment on the Australian situation as I have obligations as regards confidentiality but I what I can say is that all of my focus is on United.”
Tangerines fans may read between the lines that there is now considerable distance between their chairman and an Aussie deal.
Indeed, the Football Federation of Australia, who currently have ownership of Newcastle via their licence, are believed to be in talks with another potential purchaser but it is unclear how advanced those discussions are.