Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies is closing in on a hat-trick of close-season signings, Courier Sport can reveal.
The Pars are understood to be in talks with Annan Athletic striker Kenny MacKay, having already clinched deals with Ayr United frontman Michael Moffat and Airdrie centre-back Gregor Buchanan.
MacKay was Annan’s top scorer last season with 14 goals and was nominated for League Two player of the year.
The 23-year-old started out in junior football, and only got his chance in the senior game last summer.
Dunfermline aren’t the only club keen on MacKay though, with Carlisle United among those who have scouted him.
If MacKay isn’t snapped up, Morton’s Archie Campbell is another option.
Meanwhile, Buchanan, who is another to have stepped up from the juniors, believes Dunfermline will be the “perfect fit” for him as he seeks to progress his career.
He explained: “Dunfermline will be my first full-time club. It is what I have wanted to do since I was a wee boy. I am absolutely delighted to get it done.
“This is a new challenge and a great club to sign for. I spoke to both Jim (Jefferies) and Neil (McCann) at length and it all seemed like a perfect fit. I am delighted to be here.
“It was great coming to play at East End Park. I think a lot of teams get a lift when they come here just because of the surroundings. To be here as a home team is going to be very exciting.”
Jefferies added: “Gregor Buchanan is a young player who was part of a very solid defensive performance from Airdrie at the back end of the season. He is a good commanding centre-half who is capable on the deck with the ball.
“He reads it well, is a good competitor and is only young at 24 years of age. We are really happy to get him and we need to take advantage of the freedom of contract.
“I told the board that we are looking for a central defender, two strikers and a wide player. I have got one striker and the central defender and we are close to getting another player. That’s all we want.
“If we get the other boys that we have targeted we will have strengthened well. We are very comfortably off in midfield and I am happy with the rest of the boys.”
“Everything has gone well and it’s time to forget what happened (in the play-offs). There is no Rangers in the division so we will be one of the favourites along with Morton and one or two other teams.
“For all the disappointment of not going up I think, if we reflect on the season, the team played some great football. People gave us a lot of praise for enjoyable games, admiring the way that we tried to play.
“We need to get on track by making signings that mean we are not going to sit back and do nothing. We will strengthen the team and go again.”
Danny Grainger has confirmed on social media he will be leaving the club.