The transfer saga continues for Heart of Midlothian FC. The Scottish Premiership side are keen to add a bunch of talents before the new season’s kick-off. The head coach, Robbie Neilson, has added another transfer target to his wish list for this transfer window. The Jambos have already made a couple of signings this summer, and now they are chasing Hull City centre-forward James Scott.
After a season in the Championship, Hearts are back in the Premiership and begin their campaign against Celtic at Tynecastle next week. Robie Neilson is looking to revamp the squad by bringing in some fresh talent. They have signed 21-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion defender Alex Cochrane on loan and also added Scottish goalkeeper Ross Stewart from Livingston, who signed a pre-contract with the Edinburgh club.
Meanwhile, in the attacking department, Hearts have re-signed 24-year-old winger Josh Ginnelly on a two-year contract, after EFL Championship side Preston North End released him. He played on loan at Hearts last season, helping them gain promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
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Now, they have turned their attention towards James Scott of Hull City. According to the Scottish Sun, the Hearts are leading a four-club transfer chase for the Scottish forward. Dundee United, St Mirren and St Johnstone are also keen to bring the player back to Scotland on loan.
The ex-Motherwell player joined Hull City in January 2020. He has made just seven league starts and 18 substitute appearances since joining the Tigers. He had a three-year contract with the English club but was released before his contract expired. Hearts are very impressed with the quality of the player and want to bring the 20-year-old to Edinburgh.
James Scott will bring more firepower to Neilson’s attacking line. The manager wants to use the conventional front three system for next season and the Scot can certainly serve the purpose for the Jambos. Talking to Edinburgh Live, Robbie Neilson opened up on his transfer interests and the current situation of the Hearts:
“We just felt that the 3-4-3 is quite suited to the players we have. Also, We have spoken about trying to get a left-sided centre-half in but I think Stephen Kingsley can play in that position.
We will still look to recruit there but this way of playing suits us. During the season we will change into different shapes but I’m pleased with it so far. The key is that we get people high up the pitch.
“What we don’t want to do is drop off into a 5-4-1. We need to put pressure on people so there is still work to be done.” We are still looking at the attacking areas.
We’ve got Euan Henderson, Liam Boyce, Gary Mackay-Steven, Josh Ginnelly, and Armand Gnanduillet, but I think we need another couple in there to give us more energy going forward. We will continue to look.”
Hearts are up against the former champions of Scotland in their opening fixture of the Scottish Premiership and the 41-year-old manager is fighting fearlessly in the transfer market to be ready before the season kicks off.
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