Dundee Utd: Gary Mackay-Steven expects to stay until summer

Gary Mackay-Steven
Gary Mackay-Steven scored a double as Dundee United beat Dundee 6-2 on New Year's day

Gary Mackay-Steven expects to be with Dundee United until the summer after revealing the club have rejected bids for him.

The in-form 24-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation he could leave in January.

But Mackay-Steven said: "As far as I know there's been a bid in, or bids in.

"But they've been rejected so I'm still a Dundee United player and will be until the summer."

Mackay-Steven scored a double as United beat Dundee 6-2 on New Year's Day, and then grabbed a goal in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Partick Thistle.

And he insists media talk about his future will not affect his performances.

Mackay-Steven did, however, admit that moving to England is on his radar, having been at Liverpool and Fulham as a youth player.

"If it was right for me and the club as well, it's something I'd seriously think about and look into, but at the moment that's not the case," he added.

"I'm really happy here and enjoying my football, we're fighting on a lot of fronts so it's an exciting time to be here.

Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong has been attracting interest after some excellent displays for the Tannadice outfit

"I've had speculation before in different transfer windows so it's nothing new, I've learned to just focus on my football."

Tannadice midfielder Stuart Armstrong, under contract until 2016, has also been attracting interest, but manager Jackie McNamara is not worried about losing the 22-year-old.

"I don't look into it, if something happens I'll get a call from the chairman to let me know, but as far as I'm concerned nothing's happened," he said. "I don't bother with media speculation."

One deal that has already been completed is United's move for Arbroath striker Simon Murray.

And McNamara is confident the 22-year-old, who will be loaned back to the League Two outfit for the rest of the season, will be able to make the step up to Scotland's top flight.

"He's one we've been watching for a while," said McNamara. "When you look at strikers, the lad's scored 18 goals this season.

"I saw him myself at the weekend and he managed to score a good goal. I know it's a few divisions below, but we feel he has got something, something different. Come the summer we hope to have him full-time and up to speed with us."

McNamara added that he would only bring in other players in January if they will "enhance" his squad.

Murray, meanwhile, insisted he was delighted to sign for United, having watched several youngsters flourish at Tannadice in recent years.

"It's a dream come true," he said. "They've got a good record of taking boys from the lower leagues so there's no better club for me to be at to learn.

"I heard three or four clubs were watching me but United give the young boys a chance so it was an easy decision."

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