Paul Hartley has earmarked three new players as he looks to strengthen his Dundee squad.
The Dark Blues are understood to be closing in on their next breakthrough in the transfer market, with the club hopeful of getting their third summer addition, following the pre-contract signing of Danny Williams and James Vincent, over the line before the end of next week.
Talks are ongoing with a number of players.
One of those is believed to be Hamilton full-back Ziggy Gordon, with the 23-year-old leaving New Douglas Park on a free transfer at the end of next month.
However, Gordon is not short on offers with a host of other clubs north and south of the border keen on the former Scotland youth international.
“We want to add two or three,” said the gaffer.
“We have been speaking to targets.
“We want decisions from them in the next week or so.
“We will bring in a couple in the next few weeks.
“We have to look at that and try to strengthen the squad. Hopefully, we’re in the process of doing that.”
All of Paul’s plans are, of course, subject to departures.
Greg Stewart is on Aberdeen’s list of summer targets and mystery surrounds the future of top-scorer Kane Hemmings, with the Englishman said to have a £250,000 release clause in his Dens Park deal.
But should Paul hang on to his star men, with the club yet to receive a concrete offer, he thinks that with the addition of three players — a full-back to replace Paul McGinn, another central midfielder and a wide player or forward — he can turn Dundee’s eighth-place finish into something much higher next season.
And, as he has done in his two previous summers, Paul is of a mind to get his business done early.
He wants his new players bedded in well before the club go on their pre-season trip to Austria in July.
Paul said: “It’s important to get the business done and take them to pre-season with you so they are ready to go in July.
“Because the season starts so early this year you have to have everything in place much earlier.”