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Patience pays off for Dundee boss Paul Hartley as striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui signs

Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Dundee have moved quickly to replace Kane Hemmings by snapping up former Dunfermline striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui on a three-year deal.

El Bakhtaoui was at Blackburn Rovers at the weekend trying to earn a deal but has come back up the road to Scotland to join the Dark Blues.

That means manager Paul Hartley certainly hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet following the departure of star goalscorer Hemmings to Oxford United last week.

Hartley revealed that the big to get El Bakhtaoui had been a long-term project, with the player first catching the eye after scoring twice for the Pars in their 3-1 win over Dundee last August in the League Cup at East End Park.

The 23-year-old French-Moroccan frontman then went on to score 30 goals in 41 appearances for the Fife side in League One last season.

Dens boss Hartley said: “Faissal is someone we had known about for some time and obviously everyone saw how well he played against us last season.

“We first tried to get him four or five months ago so have had to be patient.

“I’m delighted to get it over the line and finally bring him here.

“He’s got a lot of talent so is someone we believe we can work with and make an even better player.

“There were other clubs interested so we’re really happy he’s agreed to come to Dundee.”

Meanwhile, there was no change in the Greg Stewart saga after the Dens men rejected two bids for him on Monday, with another expected to come in from Birmingham City.

Hartley said: “Nothing has changed with Greg.

“Obviously we don’t want to lose him but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this month.”

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