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Dundee Keeper Letheren Set To Quit Dens For Move South / Mcpake Going Nowhere...


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Source: The Evening Telegraph

Dundee keeper Kyle Letheren looks set for a move down south.

The 27-year-old, who returned to the Dark Blues substitutes bench on Saturday, is attracting interest from a number of English Football League outfits as his Dundee contract runs into its final months.

Letheren’s former clubs Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley are thought to be keeping tabs on his situation as well as League One sides Scunthorpe United, Rotherham United and Chesterfield among others.

The Tele understands the Welshman’s representatives have held tentative negotiations with clubs in England as it seems likely he will not be offered a new deal at Dens.

His current contract is up in May and, as of this month, he is free to talk to potential new employers with a view to securing a pre-contract agreement.

Were Letheren to be allowed to leave, the move would be met with mixed emotions from the Dundee faithful.

He’s loved by many for his contributions during the Championship- winning campaign last season.

His most notable contribution probably came in the final fixture, the 2-1 win over Dumbarton.

With the game, season and title finely poised, he produced a remarkable stop at the death, ensuring victory for the Dark Blues and making sure the second tier trophy jetted into Dens Park rather than ended up in the hands of rivals Hamilton.

However, this season has not been quite as successful. Letheren started the campaign as the club’s No 1 and was an ever-present in the Premiership until injury struck in the warm-up for the match at Motherwell back in October.

Having recovered from the knee problem which saw him miss six weeks of football, he found his spot between the sticks had been taken.

A shoulder injury suffered by Scott Bain allowed Letheren back in but only temporarily as injury again prevented him taking the field for the New Year’s Day derby clash against rivals Dundee United with Arvid Schenk taking over.

Bain was patched up and thrown back into action and there’s no doubt the summer signing from Alloa is up there with the best of Paul Hartley’s 18 additions since taking over.

That leaves the future of Letheren, who has been a part of Chris Coleman’s Welsh set-up of late, uncertain.

While the player, who has made 53 appearances for Dundee, is believed to be happy to stay, it’s not clear whether the club, with Bain on the books, will offer him an extension to his contract.

Meanwhile, Dundee have dismissed reports linking centre-half James McPake with a move away from Dens.

English League One outfit Chesterfield were said to be keen on the 30-year-old former Coventry man.

That was news to both McPake and his Dens gaffer. He has another year of his contract to run after this summer and talks to extend it are likely.

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