DUNDEE UNITED are being sued for £75,000 by the agents of former striker Johnny Russell - with his representatives claiming the Premiership side failed to pay them their cut of his £750,000 transfer fee last year.
Premier Sports Management International Limited has lodged an action at Dundee Sheriff Court claiming the Tannadice side had agreed to pay 10% of any future transfer fee when Russell agreed a three-year deal with the club in 2011.
The player, 23, was subsequently sold last June to English Championship side Derby County, for whom he has since played 20 times.
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Premier Sports Management claims contracts it had with Russell entitle it to a 10% cut of the fee. Ten per cent was also to be paid to Russell, whose contract stated he was to be paid £1000 a week initially, rising to £2100 a week depending on appearances.
Documents lodged at Dundee Sheriff Court by the agency claim it was contracted as Russell's representative - and that the fee was to be paid within 30 days of any transfer. The firm is claiming the full £75,000 fee, plus 8% interest from the date it became due last summer.
However, United refuted the claims, stating Premier Sports Management did not have a contract with the club and that in any event the firm was not officially Russell's representative.
Lawyers for United state: "For anyone not a solicitor to represent a player in any matter related to his contract they must be a licensed players' agent and must submit a copy of any representation agreement."
Lawyers for Premier Sports Management asked for a further hearing and Sheriff George Way fixed hearings in March and April.