Cluj set to sign Tade

ST JOHNSTONE were last night facing up to a second player doing a dramatic U-turn on signing — as Gregory Tade jetted off to Transylvania for talks with Cluj.
The striker was due in at McDiarmid Park last week to pen a new deal after reaching a verbal agreement with boss Tommy Wright.
But Tade failed to show and Wright revealed he thinks the ex-Inverness man is on his way to Romania to join CFR Cluj on a three-year deal.
Wright, who backed chairman Steve Brown in the dispute with Ross County over Richie Brittain, said: “We’ve heard that Gregory is on his way to Romania but we haven’t had anything confirmed yet.
“If he does go it will be disappointing because he told us he’d be signing on again.
“We were waiting for him to come in last week and sign his contract but he didn’t.
“We didn’t think we needed a striker but, at this stage in the summer, we now might have to find one.
“We were told he was going to take up the option so to learn that might not be the case at this late stage is disappointing.
“But we’ll just have to deal with it.”
Meanwhile, Dave Mackay believes Rosenborg is the best AND worst draw Saints could have got in Europa League qualifying.
The Perth outfit will meet the Norwegians in the second round if they beat Northern Irish side Crusaders.
Rosenborg, who are second in their domestic league after 13 games, will travel to Belfast early next month for the first round match.
Saints skipper Mackay knows the Trondheim-based club are the toughest opponents his team could have landed — but is just glad it won’t be a trip into the unknown.
He said: “If it does turn out to be Norway we’re going to there’s no doubt it’s one of the toughest draws we could have got.
“The one major positive for us is that the manager will be able to get a look at them.
“Last season the coaching staff had to do a lot of scouting to get to know about Eskisehirspor. Because it was so far away and difficult to get to, it was impossible to watch them.
“But the Norwegian season is well underway and it’s only an hour across the North Sea so the gaffer will get plenty of chances to watch them.
“So the element of the unknown won’t be there and that’s massive at this stage.”
Rosenborg’s early league start presents Saints with a major problem because of the gulf in fitness, although MacKay insists they can bridge that gap by toiling through pre-season.
He said: “Rosenborg are midway through their season. We’ll be fit but they’ll have the advantage of that match sharpness.
“That’s something we’ll try to address in pre-season by playing as many games as we can in the build up.”

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