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EXCLUSIVE: Dundee Utd owner Thompson Down Under to find 'next Ryan Gauld'

Dundee United owner Stephen Thompson is in Australia on a scouting mission.

Encouraged by the millions raked in from the sales of Ryan Gauld and Andrew Robertson, Thompson now hopes to tempt the best young Aussie talent to Tannadice and their successful youth system.

Gauld, 18, signed for Sporting CP over the summer for a fee of £3 million, while fullback Robertson hasn't looked back since his move to Hull City for a similar price.

Flush with an extra £6 million in the club's accounts, Thompson is now hoping to unearth teens Down Under capable of treading the same path.

An Aussie source close to Thompson told tribalfootball.com: "It's clicked for Stephen this year. With the sales of Gauld and Robertson, he's realised the future for Dundee United is finding and attracting the best young players to the club - wherever they may come from.

"This week he's in Australia, but the search will be global. It's a major plank in the club's transfer strategy now."

Interestingly, just as Thompson was touching down in Oz, news broke worldwide of Real Madrid's scouting of Watford's Aussie prospect Xane Zaineddine. The 15 year-old Sydney native actually had offers from Barcelona and AC Milan before choosing Watford's academy as the best option for his development.

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