Dundee are hoping to bring Glen Kamara’s summer move to Rangers forward to this month to fund boss Jim McIntyre’s January transfers.
The Finnish international penned a four-year pre-contract deal with the Ibrox club over the weekend.
That kicks in when his current Dens deal ends in the summer but the Dark Blues are keen to move the former Arsenal man on sooner rather than later.
A fee would need to be thrashed out between the clubs, which could drag on, but it’s the saving on wages – with Kamara one of the club’s higher earners – that would allow the Dundee gaffer to bring in new faces.
That began on Saturday with the arrival of striker Craig Curran from rivals Dundee United.
The former Ross County man joined up with his former manager once more, signing a deal till 2021.
Curran had barely lit the heather alight in Tangerine, scoring three times in 16 appearances, and his capture hasn’t been recieved too well by the Dundee support.
However, if manager and player can repeat their escape act from 2015 when they combined to keep a beleaguered Ross County side in the Premiership after he joined them in a similar situation to the one the Dark Blues find themselves in.
Meanwhile, Jim’s centre-back options will be stretched even further after Darren O’Dea was handed a two-match ban.
That will see the former Irish international miss the cup match with Queen of the South on January 19 and the trip to Tynecastle four days later after being found guilty of “simulation” by the SFA as Livingston’s Jack Hamilton was sent off on Boxing Day.
As it stands, that leaves Jim with only Gensy Kusunga and Ryan Inniss as available central defenders.