New recruits: Who are Dundee United’s new players?

© SNSSome of the newest Dundee United recruits.
Some of the newest Dundee United recruits.

It was a busy transfer deadline day for both Dundee clubs with 11 signings a piece on both sides of Tannadice Street.

But who are Dundee United’s latest signings and how good are they?


Osman Sow

Arguably United’s most exciting signing, striker Sow was a favourite during his time at Hearts from 2014 to 2016, scoring 20 goals from 45 appearances. The 28-year-old has joined until 2020 for an undisclosed fee. He has played for Crystal Palace, Chinese Super league side Henan Jianye and most recently MK Dons.

Peter Pawlett

A fan favourite during his time in Aberdeen, Pawlett made more than 172 appearances for the Dons and scored 16 goals. He had a brief loan spell at St Johnstone from 2012-13 and most recently played his football for MK Dons. Whether the “Peter Pawlett baby” chant will be taken up in the terraces of Tannadice remains to be seen…


Charlie Seaman

The 19-year-old right-back was described as an “exciting” signing after agreeing a loan deal from AFC Bournemouth.


Ian Harkes

The American has signed a two-year deal with Dundee United, making a goal-scoring debut for the side against Montrose. Prior to that, the last time Harkes was in competitive action was in front of almost 30,000 spectators playing for DC United against New York City.


Calum Butcher

The midfielder, who started his career at Spurs, spent two years at Tannadice under Jackie McNamara before heading back to England where he played for Burton Albion and Millwall.

Mark Connolly

Centre-back Mark Connolly has joined from Crawley Town until 2021. United will be the Irishman’s third Scottish club, having spent a season at St Johnstone and two at Kilmarnock.

Mark Reynolds

Another recruit from the north-east, defender Mark Reynolds made 220 appearances for Aberdeen having first joined on loan in 2012.

Aidan Nesbitt

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a deal through to the end of the season having secured his release from MK Dons. Nesbitt came through the Celtic youth academy.


Morgaro Gomis

One-time Scottish Cup hero Gomis is returning for his third spell at Tannadice. The 33-year-old has agreed a deal until the end of the season. He has played under Robbie Neilson at Hearts.

Ross Laidlaw

The Hibs goalkeeper has been signed on loan until the end of the season. He has appeared for the Edinburgh side 27 times and will replace Matej Rakovan.


Cammy Smith

The St Mirren forward has agreed a two-year deal after being released by the Buddies. Smith spent a loan period at Dundee United during the first half of the 2016/17 season, playing 23 games and scoring five goals – including a hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup.