Dundee United scotch speculation over player departures

Gary Mackay-Steven and Johnny Russell have impressed for United this season

Dundee United have dismissed speculation linking a number of their top players with moves this summer.

BBC Scotland believes enquiries have been made about striker Johnny Russell, winger Gary Mackay-Steven and defender Gavin Gunning.

And some outlets suggested United have received concrete offers for some of their stars.

However, a club statement said: "We've received no formal offers for any of our players."

Manager Peter Houston is looking to add to the squad, it added.

Russell, Mackay-Steven and Gunning have impressed this season and helped United claim fourth spot in the Scottish Premier League.

The United statement added: "We're realistic of the current financial climate within football and if substantial offers for any of our players which exceed the valuations we place on our players were submitted, we would consider such bids.

"The manager is currently engaged in attempting to enhance the squad for next season after another highly successful campaign and each of our contracted players are seen as integral parts of our future squad.

"We remain committed to providing our loyal supporters with the best possible team on the park."

Mackay-Steven is under contract until the summer of 2015, while fellow 22-year-old Russell has 12 months left to run on his deal, along with Irishman Gunning, 21.

United will see departures over the summer, with goalkeeper Dusan Pernis, defenders Gary Kenneth and Paul Dixon and midfielder Scott Robertson all choosing to leave under freedom of contract.

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