James McPake says Dundee are ‘hoping to do business’ before the end of the transfer window – but he isn’t able to confirm or deny interest in Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

The former ‘Dark Blues’ forward is a reported loan target after falling out of favour at Celtic. Dee manager McPake wants to bolster his squad after starting the Scottish Premiership season with two draws and two defeats, their most recent a 1-0 loss to Motherwell. Griffiths is said to be ‘keen’ on a return to where he was between 2009-2011.

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Griffiths could leave Celtic for Dens.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McPake said of the defeat to Motherwell and link to the Celtic striker: “I’ve been linked with a move for a lot of players and with the transfer window getting ready to shut I’ll be linked with a move for maybe three, four, five or six players. I’m not going to stand and say what we’re looking for but, yes, we’re hoping to do business.

“We created enough chances. I thought we were very fluent, particularly in the first half, we were causing them all sorts of problems. It was a poor goal for us to lose. We did a lot of work on set-plays all week because we felt that’s where they could hurt us most.”

Meanwhile, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander is close to signing Norwegian centre-back Sondre Solholm Johansen. The 26-year-old will join the Fir Park club imminently: “We were working on it when the game was going on. I spoke to him a while ago and it has been a drawn out process but we are delighted to get him in.”

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