By Will Butcher
Dundee striker Kane Hemmings has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Aston Villa after insisting he is happy in Scotland.
The former Barnsley striker still has two years remaining on his current deal, but has impressed scouts after scoring 25 goals in all competitions for the Dark Blues.
The Dundee Evening Telegraph reported that despite interest from Villa, as well as QPR and Derby, the 24-year-old declared that he was happy at Dens Park and didn’t want to leave.
Hemmings said: “I am happy here. We have a good set of boys, I am getting playing time and scoring goals so why would I want to be moving anywhere.
“I’m not looking for a move but my form has brought speculation. There’s nothing I can do about that.”
There were reports that the forward had a £250,000 termination fee included in his contract, but that has since been denied by the Scottish Premiership club, with the side wanting at least a seven figure sum for the Englishman.
The former Rangers trainee’s teammate Greg Stewart has also been linked with a move away from Dundee, with Leeds and Rangers said to be leading the race.
Stewart, 26, is much more keen on a move away, but his price seems to be the stumbling block for any interested sides with manager Paul Hartley wanting £1.5 million for his versatile forward.
Dundee surpassed expectations last year, largely thanks to the performances of Hemmings and Stewart by finishing in a comfortable eighth position.
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