Hearts manager Robbie Neilson claims that he won’t allow any of his players to leave Tynecastle during the January transfer window, unless the club receives an offer that is too good to turn down.
Sheffield United have been heavily linked with defender John Souttar, along with Blackburn Rovers and Rangers, but Neilson is pretty adamant that he won’t be looking to sell his stars this month:
“We have to keep our best players in the team. If that means it’s at the end of the season they go, then it’s the end of the season when they go. Unless there’s a crazy bid coming in, but I don’t expect there will be.”
Getting a deal over the line for Souttar in January is likely to be the only way that the Blades can beat Rangers to the 26-year-old’s signature.
The Scottish champions are now believed to be favorites to secure the defender on a free transfer when his contract expires, after progress was made in recent days.
Souttar was originally tempted by a move to England but it appears his head has been turned by the Gers, who can offer him the opportunity to play in the Champions League next season.