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Dundee United confirm interest in A-League club

Dundee United have confirmed that chairman Stephen Thompson has travelled to Australia to speak with A-League clubs regarding a takeover.

The Tannadice outfit have been heavily linked with the purchase of Newcastle Jets and although the Tayside club did not speculate on who exactly they had held talks with, there is certainly interest in buying into a team down under.

"We have been made aware of reports circulating in Australia regarding a potential purchase of Newcastle Jets," rad a club statement.

"We can confirm that our own chairman, Stephen Thompson, has visited Australia recently where he met a number of clubs' and league representatives as part of a wide-ranging fact-finding mission.

"This board's view is that football is a global marketplace and as part of our aim to develop Dundee United Football Club we are continually seeking opportunities to improve on and off field.

"Mr Thompson's visit to Australia provided a worthwhile insight into a league that is progressing rapidly, whose clubs are part of a growing market in world football and is home to a number of very promising young players.

"At all times the board will act in the best interests of this club and Australia is simply one of a number of countries that Dundee United is monitoring.

"Our philosophy remains focused on the identification and professional development of the best young footballing talent available."

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