Levein plays down De Vries link
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Craig Levein says Mark De Vries is not fit enough to be signed by Dundee United.
New Dundee United boss Craig Levein has dampened speculation about a move for Mark de Vries after voicing concern over the striker's fitness.
Levein signed the hit-man for both Hearts and Leicester City and reports in the Scottish media suggested he was ready to bring the 31-year-old to Tannadice as well.
De Vries, who is currently on loan at Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag from The Walkers Stadium, has revealed he would be keen to link up with his former mentor once again, with rumours of a reunion fuelled by Levein's determination to reinforce his striking options.
However the United boss says he has not been in contact with his former charge, and that a lack of match fitness is likely to prove prohibitive to a January transfer.
"I've not spoken with Mark for a while so the first I heard about this was when I read the papers," said Levein in the Daily Record.
"It's been a case of someone putting two and two together and giving him a call because you can see we need more strikers here and I've already said a target man would give us a different option.
"With Mark I don't think he has played too much football this year and come January I will be looking to get players who are match fit."
Levein is also anticipating that United will be linked with Hearts defender Steven Pressley after he was dramatically left out of Monday's game against Falkirk with rumours flying around about a dressing room mutiny.
Whilst Hearts are still to confirm if Pressley has been stripped of the captaincy, his future at Tynecastle looks very much in doubt, but Levein has already ruled himself out of a likely race for the Scottish international.
"It will be no surprise if Steven is linked with us but I really don't think we can afford him," Levein insisted.