JACK ROSS has identified Jamie McGrath as a summer transfer target for Dundee United, according to a report.

The 46-year-old was appointed as United's new manager on Monday following Tam Courts' departure. 

Ross is now getting his teeth into the job with pre-season already underway at this stage of the summer.

He is a long-term admirer of McGrath having tried to sign the attacking midfielder for Hibs during his time there.

The Ireland international departed the Buddies for Wigan in January this year. 

But according to The Courier, Ross hasn't given up hope of securing McGrath's services, this time at Tannadice.

During a press call this morning, Ross spoke about potential recruitment in the summer.

He told Sky Sports: "We're hard at work to try and bring players to the club because we need to.

"I think it's quite clear when you look at that numbers we have in the squad currently.

"It's a young squad as well who have had pathways afforded to them last year, and that will continue to be the case.

"But equally, you need others to share that load. The identification of players is there now, the next part is trying to bring them to the club.

"Although we're playing catch up a little bit, there's still plenty of time to ensure that we are in the best possible place for the start of the season."