Thomas Courts says Dundee United are prepared for potential player departures from Tannadice, amid interest from the likes of Sunderland in key assets.

The Scottish Premiership club have already lost star striker Lawrence Shankland this summer to Belgian club Beerschot. Left-back Jamie Robson is wanted by League One duo Lincoln City and Sunderland while goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist and midfielder Jeando Fuchs are attracting interest.

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Robson is wanted by Sunderland and others. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Head coach Courts says they are ready for potential exits: “It’s quite a fluid situation. For any first-team player who has attracted interest, we have ready-made replacements almost teed up. “I’d be hopeful we can secure a couple of players in the next few days.”

Meanwhile, Dundee United have agreed a fee with Bundesliga 2 club FC Ingolstadt 04 for winger Ilmari Niskanen. Courts added (Courier): “The work permit is the only thing that needs to get done. But everything is close to being in place. We have some assurances that the work permit shouldn’t take too long.

“It’s nice to see that our efforts are close to being rewarded because we had been very deliberate with our recruitment. It’s been a long chase. He’s an international quality player – a guy who is ambitious to get to the top level. The fact that he’s versatile and young with ambition makes him an attractive proposition for us.”

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