Dundee manager Paul Hartley has denied offering a contract to former Hibs defender James McPake.
Released by Hibs boss Terry Butcher earlier this week, the Northern Irish international is in talks with three clubs, one of which is the Dark Blues. Despite the 29-year-old being pictured entering Dens Park yesterday, a deal is not close according to the gaffer. “No, there’s no truth in it,” said the manager. Paul also confirmed no further progress had been made in the transfer market. Keen to get his business done, following on the from the capture of Greg Stewart and Phil Roberts, the gaffer admits, though, the club are working flat out to get deals done. “It’s a bit quiet at the minute,” he said. “But we are working hard behind the scenes to get players in.” One of those is believed to be Alloa goalkeeper Scott Bain, who Paul knows well from his time at Recreation Park. Talks are thought to be at an advanced stage with compensation believed to be the only sticking point in the deal. Due to the player’s age, Barry Smith’s club are holding out for a sum for the 22-year-old. While Bain is on the radar, a player who definitely is not is former midfielder Gary Harkins. Speculation was rife online that the club will make a move for the man who left after relegation. However, the 29-year-old, loaned by St Mirren to Oldham Athletic last season, is not set for a third spell at Dens. Meanwhile, Dundee have confirmed they will visit League One Brechin City in a pre-season match. The match will take place at Glebe Park on Wednesday, July 16 (7.45pm). The game all but rounds off the club’s plans this summer, with matches against Hearts, Morecambe and Premier League champions Manchester City already being confirmed by the Dens Park club. Paul is set to fly out to Budapest tomorrow morning to check out the facilities ahead of a proposed warm weather camp in the Hungarian capital. Tickets for the match with Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens have gone on sale from the Dens Park club shop and online.