According to the Herald, ex-Hibs loanee and Dundee United sensation Ryan Gauld has been told he’s free to leave Sporting Lisbon.

The attacking midfielder clearly has no future with the Portuguese side. The report claims he is free to leave once he agrees a pay-off package with his current club.

Gauld was last at Hibs.  (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That would obviously make him a free agent. Having already made one marquee signing in Lawrence Shankland, Dundee United should look to target another, in the form of their ex-wonder kid.

Gauld needs to rebuild his career, Dundee United can give him the chance

There’s no denying how exceptionally talented Gauld is. His move to Portugal hasn’t worked out for him playing wise, but he’s only 24. There is time for him to realise his potential.

At Hibs last season he was blighted by injury. When he did get onto the park though, he showed in flashes what he had previously shown at Tannadice as a kid. A brilliant dribbler of the ball, Gauld’s movement and ability to take on defenders is unrivalled on his day.

Gauld is a left foot wizard on his day.(Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

United should launch an ambitious move for him. The Herald’s report claims Portuguese sides are interested, so this will no doubt be of interest to Gauld.

It would be silly of United though to not at least ask the question. On his day he would be the best player in the Championship by a country mile.

Robbie Neilson’s side could give him a platform to rebuild himself, get some minutes under his belt, before moving him on to yet another big move, should things go well.

The midfielder would be the best Championship player if he found form.. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Plus, a combination of Gauld and Shankland would almost guarantee the Championship title for Neilson. That’s an attacking combination most Premiership sides would envy, never mind a second tier side.

It’ll be hard to get him, but United should at least put their name in the hat when it comes to interest in Gauld.

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