Dundee have won the chase for Simon Murray, announcing the Ross County striker on a three-year deal.

Murray's 23 goals last season were crucial to County's Scottish Premiership survival. 

Don Cowie and the hierarchy up in Dingwall were desperate to retain the striker but Murray's request to move closer to his family has now been granted. 

He returns to Dens Park - where he spent a short spell on loan in 2018 - and will add to Tony Docherty's attacking options.

A Dundee statement confirmed they paid an "undisclosed fee" and "fought off a number of clubs" to secure Murray’s signature.

The 32-year-old will wear the number 15 shirt with  Josh Mulligan switching to eight.

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“It’s amazing," Murray said about his latest career move. 

"It’s taken a while and it’s something I’ve just wanted to get done and to now be here permanently feels amazing.

"It’s good to be back. After speaking with the manager it just feels right for me. My family are based in Dundee, I grew up here, I grew up watching the club and the club are going places and I wanted to be part of that.

"I just felt at this time in my career with family and the way the club is I felt it was the right time to come back. This is the club I support and to live that dream is amazing and I can’t wait to get started.”

Ross County claim that they "reluctantly" accepted Dundee's offer and Murray, who made 62 appearances for the Staggies, scoring 26 times in the process, goes with their best wishes.

Manager, Don Cowie, commented, ‘Simon has been a brilliant asset for our football club since arriving from Queens Park. His goal return last season was a big contributing factor in us retaining our Premiership status.

"Simon has a young family whom he needs to be closer to at this time and once our valuation was met, we could not stand in his way of this. We wish Simon and his family the very best of luck for the future.’

CEO, Steven Ferguson added, ‘It has been well documented the interest in Simon and the need for Simon to return South to be closer to his family.

"Dundee FC met our valuation and after trying everything we could to keep Simon, we have reluctantly accepted this offer.

"I echo Don’s comments and on behalf of all at Ross County FC, would like to put on record our thanks to Simon for his time at Ross County FC and wish him and his family all the very best in the future.