James McPake has addressed the rumours that he is interested in Graham Dorrans by admitting he even jokingly told the 32-year-old midfielder he was going to get him to Dens just after landing the Dundee job.
The Dundee manager was full of praise for the free-agent but did mention that any potential deal would have to be within budget.
Dundee’s owner Tim Keyes today did however say in an interview with The Courier today that they “increased the budget a little” to bring in Kane Hemmings and that “the budget is always fixed but flexible,” so It may give McPake some hope that a deal can be struck to add Dorrans into his squad.
“When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said.
"Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me.
"Graham will have a lot of options. I like him as a person, as a footballer. We've spoken about a lot of stuff but not money. If I had a chance to bring him here within budget and make it work then I would.
"When I got the job, I jokingly said to him over a beer and a bite to eat 'I'm going to get you to Dundee' - I don't know if it's an option now or not.”
"There's a hunger there, and a frustration from the last two years that his boyhood club hasn't worked out for him, but that's completely down to injury.
"I know he's desperate to play football. He feels he's in good condition. He's had a real bad time of it with his knee.
"He is looking to play football at a place he can reignite his career - he is far from finished and will be a good addition for someone."