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Dundee still keen on Harkins

Barry Smith believes Gary Harkins would provide a major boost to Dundee if they can bring him in from Kilmarnock.

Dundee manager Smith says Harkins would lift the SPL strugglers both on and off the park - should a deal be done.

Smith revealed earlier this month that agreement had been reached with Kilmarnock to take the midfielder back to Dens Park on loan.

Harkins had a successful spell with the Tayside club between 2009 and 2011, before sealing a move to Rugby Park.

Reports claim the deal has stalled because the player's advisors want the loan to be a permanent move instead.

Smith said: "It's a case of if it happens, it happens. Everybody knows that he was a fans' favourite here and the qualities he's got are qualities we need.

"I'm sure everybody in the dressing room would be boosted, not just on the park but off the park, where he's a good character to have around the dressing room.

"He enjoyed his spell here. I know he's got great affection for the club and I'm sure if there's any club he would like to come back to, it's us."