Former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld’s move to the MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps will be completed without any hitches, amid interest from Celtic, Southampton and others.

A host of clubs have been linked with Gauld after his form for Liga Nos club Farense last season, Southampton alleged to have ‘formally declared’ interest earlier this summer (SM). But it’s Vancouver Whitecaps who look set to sign him – by avoiding a legal wrangle.

FC Porto v SC Farense - Liga NOS

Gauld is set for the MLS. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Farense have claimed that Gauld is still under contract for a year – despite being listed as a free agent.

Vancouver have agreed to pay Farense £300,000 to allow the signing to be completed smoothly, without footballing authorities getting involved. Gauld is already in North America and will be announced imminently (Sun).

It will bring an end to speculation that has seen a whole host of teams register an interest in the ex-Arab, from Legia Warsaw, to Southampton, plus clubs in Asia. Gauld started his career with Dundee United before earning a big move to Portugal with Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

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