Dundee bring in two new faces as Barry Smith adds to threadbare squad

Stewart pens new deal
Ex-Falkirk striker Mark Stewart has joined Dundee for the SPL campaign.

Dundee have signed former Falkirk striker Mark Stewart and could also have former Aberdeen defender Davide Grassi in their squad for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League return.

Stewart's signing was confirmed by the club this afternoon while manager Barry Smith revealed Grassi's transfer was on the verge of being confirmed ahead of Saturday's visit to Kilmarnock.

Smith said: "We are waiting on international clearance for Davide and Mark Stewart will sign today, which gives us more numbers and strength in depth.

"There's not a lot of money but there is enough to maybe bring a few more in that are within our budget."

Stewart has impressed Smith on trial after being released by Bradford.

The 24-year-old has SPL experience with Falkirk and hit 17 goals in his final First Division season with the Bairns before moving to West Yorkshire.

A broken toe and a change of management hindered Stewart's impact at the npower League Two club and he returned to Scotland on loan with Hamilton in January.

Left-sided defender Grassi will join from Belgian second division side FC Brussels.

The 26-year-old spent the 2009-10 season at Pittodrie under Mark McGhee and suffered a triple cheekbone fracture in a League Cup defeat against Dundee.

Smith, who named himself on the bench for Tuesday's Scottish Communities League Cup shoot-out win at Peterhead amid a shortage of players, will have Iain Davidson back for the Rugby Park clash.

The former Raith midfielder trained today after missing the Balmoor clash with a bug.

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