Dundee United linked with Newcastle Jets takeover

Scottish club Dundee United have emerged as surprise potential buyers of struggling A-League club the Newcastle Jets.

The Herald Sun reports that Dundee chairman, Stephen Thompson, was part of a delegation that met with Jets officials last week and attended the club’s 3-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Thompson has spent three weeks in Australia meeting with A-League clubs and is also understood to be keen on providing opportunities for young Australian players to spend time with the Tangerines.

UK media report that a statement by Dundee on the Jets is imminent.

The Jets’ financially embattled owner Nathan Tinkler has been offloading his sporting empire which includes racing interests and rugby league club the Newcastle Knights.

In August Tinkler said several European clubs, including some from the English Premier League, were in talks to buy his A-League licence.

Senior management from the club and representatives of the Tinkler Group flew to London to negotiate with potential investors earlier in the year.

Speaking to Sydney's Sky Sports Radio at the time, Tinkler said: "German, Spanish and English clubs are best placed to groom young talent in Australia.

"If we can do a deal with one of those countries, it will put the Jets in a better spot and it will be a win for the community and everyone involved.

"We've been in talks with a number of Premier League and European clubs, they've been going on for a little while."

In January City Football Group – owners of Manchester City – became the majority holders of A-League club Melbourne City.

Tinkler has described City’s purchase as the “future” for the A-League.

Meanwhile, the winless Jets have suffered a horror start to the new season and are sitting in ninth place on the ladder with just four points from nine games.