Manager James McPake has confirmed that Dundee have been “priced out” of a move for Craig Wighton.
The Dark Blues were keen to take their former player back on loan from Hearts.
Wighton, of course, went down in club folklore when he scored the winning goal against Dundee United in the so-called Doon Derby in 2016.
The Dundonian would have been a popular signing but the Dens men have decided they can’t meet the Jam Tarts’ financial demands.
McPake said: “We have been priced out of making a move for Craig Wighton.
“Hearts’ demands were too high for us.”
The Dundee gaffer also confirmed that he wants to sign Ayr United wide man Alan Forrest.
The brother of Celtic star James, Forrest has been in talks with the Dens club.
McPake said: “Alan Forrest at Ayr will have a load of options but he is definitely a player I like.”
The Dark Blues are understood to be still keen on St Johnstone’s Ross Callachan, while there has been no change in the Graham Dorrans situation, with the midfielder training at Dens as usual in the build-up to Saturday night’s home William Scottish Cup clash with Motherwell.
Winger Josh McPake has returned to parent club Rangers following the completion of his loan deal.
McPake (18) joined the club in August and made seven appearances for the Dark Blues.
The Dens club said: “We would like to thank Josh for his efforts while at the club and wish him all the best for the future.”