Caniggia in talks with Dundee over loan deal

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The former Argentinian World Cup striker Claudio Caniggia is on the verge of joining Dundee until the end of the season. The 33-year-old striker, who played for his country in Italia 90 and in the United States four years later, will fly in today to discuss the possibility of a loan deal.

The former Argentinian World Cup striker Claudio Caniggia is on the verge of joining Dundee until the end of the season. The 33-year-old striker, who played for his country in Italia 90 and in the United States four years later, will fly in today to discuss the possibility of a loan deal.

"We can confirm that Claudio will be arriving on Wednesday with a view to having talks with Ivano Bonetti," a club spokesman said.

Caniggia was once suspended for 13 months in 1993 after testing positive for cocaine after playing for Roma against Napoli, two years after his friend and compatriot Diego Maradona was banned for 15 months for the same offence.

Caniggia would replace Fabian Caballero, who was injured in the Tayside derby last week. But Caballero could be set for a return following the Scottish mid-season break after recuperation. "Fabian has his operation tomorrow and then it is a period of rest and recuperation followed by a period of physiotherapy," the spokesman said. "He will spend part of his recuperation period in Bologna before returning to Tayside where he will hopefully get himself fully fit for after the winter shutdown. But we will have a clearer picture after he has had his surgery." If the recovery period goes to plan, Caballero's first game back could be the Dundee derby at Dens Park, which is scheduled for Wednesday, 31 January.

Meanwhile Dundee players and management met with the Scottish Football Association today to discuss recent on-field disciplinary problems. The manager Bonetti, his coaches, a director of the club and the majority of the first-team squad met the SFA's Drew Herbertson and Donald McVicar to discuss the recent spate of red and yellow cards among the Dundee squad. The club instigated the meeting after six players were sent off in the first seven matches of the season.

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