Sheffield United and Arsenal have missed out on the chance to sign Dundee youngster, Luke Graham, after the defender signed a new contract.
Graham had been on trial with United earlier this year after impressing out on loan with Lochee United. At the time, United felt they might have been stealing a march on some other big clubs. Indeed, Leeds and Arsenal were said to be among those who were scouting the youngster.
However, according to The Courier, Graham has now signed a new two-year contract with Dundee. The contract will tie Graham down for the immediate future, while also giving Dundee security if clubs like United and the Gunners continue their pursuit.
Graham, 18, apparently did well at United during his spell at Shirecliffe. The Courier quotes Dundee coach Scott Robertson, who says Graham has impressed beyond Scotland so far.
“It was great experience for him. He will have learned a lot but coming back into our environment, he’s been great. He went down to Sheffield United and has done well on loan, people have asked questions about him but it says a lot about him that he was keen to commit for two years here,” Robertson said.
Graham will now look to kick on with Dundee this season and get first-team minutes.
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While there’s probably some disappointment at the club not signing Graham, it’s good to see United are at least delving into these markets.
Of course, it might have been that the Blades coaching staff didn’t quite see enough in the youngster to warrant offering him terms. We’ll probably never know that, but it will be interesting to see how Graham gets on.
Crucially, United are at least in the mix with these big clubs for young players.