Dundee closing in on the signing of former English Premier League defender Ben Turner

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DUNDEE hope to complete the signing of former Coventry and Cardiff ace Ben Turner as boss James McPake continues to tool up for a Championship promotion push.

The 31-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Mansfield Town and has already held talks with McPake, with the towering defender understood to be open to a switch to Dens.

Negotiations are at an advanced stage and it is hoped a deal can be struck prior to the Dee jetting out to Spain for their pre-season training camp next week.

Turner, pictured, starred for Cardiff for five years (Pic: Jon Candy)

Several clubs south of the border have shown interest in the former England under-19 international but Dundee remain the front-runners in the race for his signature.

The capture of Turner would be a major coup for Dundee given his pedigree in English football and the Dee boss has made the experienced stopper his number one defensive target.

Turner has played more than 300 games with the Sky Blues, Peterborough, Oldham, Burton, Mansfield and Cardiff. He made 31 English Premier League appearances for the Bluebirds during the 2013/14 campaign.

He also found the net in the 2012 League Cup final as Cardiff played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool, only to taste defeat following an agonising penalty shootout.

McPake has wasted no time in putting his stamp on the Dundee side ahead of next term, snapping up Declan McDaid, Jordan McGhee, Jordan Marshall and Shaun Byrne.

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