RAY McKINNON remains hopeful of concluding a deal to snap up freed Hibs midfielder Fraser Fyvie as he prepares to add a fifth signing to his revamped Dundee United squad.
The Tangerines boss confirmed he is in talks with Fyvie over a move to Tannadice after Hibs took the offer of a three-year off the table for the former Aberdeen and Wigan Athletic playmaker.
It would be another top-quality signing for the Championship hopefuls after the recruitment of St Johnstone defender Tam Scobbie, Hibs striker James Keatings and wingers Billy King and Paul McMullan, coupled with the new deals agreed by Willo Flood and Stewart Murdoch.
McKinnon is keen to work with a squad of 18 first-team players all capable of making an impact as he bids to steer the Tayside back to the Premiership following their failed play-off bid last season.
And, with former Motherwell and Ross County defender Paul Quinn currently training with United at their St Andrews base, McKinnon is satisfied with the way his preparations are going for the new campaign.
With a new signing expected on Friday, he said: “Recruitment is going well. We’re close to signing somebody and we’re in talks with a few players, so everything is going well.
“We’re actively looking to bring in new signings.
“Talks are on-going with a few players just now and there’s a couple in on trial as well.
“We’re in talks with Fraser Fyvie’s representatives and when we’ve got something to say we’ll make it public.
“Paul Quinn is in training. He looks great in training but he’s just asked for training facilities and we’re happy to give him them.”
A goalkeeper to compete with skipper Cammy Bell and at least two strikers to join Keatings in attack are the priorities for McKinnon in the coming days and weeks.
But the Tannadice manager, who returned to the club he played for last summer, admits he feels more at ease with the way his squad overhaul is progressing this year.
And that has been helped with the way his new signings have been performing in pre-season training.
He added: “This is more my team now – definitely – and that’s no disrespect to those we had here last season.
“I am a lot more relaxed now than I was this time last year. I think I was giving myself a heart attack!
“We got some players in early and we just have to bide our time and wait on everything coming together.
“I’m very happy with the signings I’ve made so far, and I would like to add another three or four, which we will do.
“We’re hopeful of getting one concluded shortly.”