Hearts and Hibernian make contact with prolific free agent Dayle Southwell

Hearts, Hibernian, St Johnstone and Motherwell are among clubs interested in Boston United's Dayle Southwell.

A number of Scottish sides are showing an interest in prolific English non-league forward Dayle Southwell, HITC Sport understands.

Southwell is set to become a free agent with his contract at Boston United set to expire at the end of June.

The striker has scored more than 50 goals for Boston United in just two seasons, and is understandably attracting considerable interest.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the situation that Hearts, Partick Thistle, Motherwell, Hibernian, at St Johnstone have all made contact with Southwell's representatives regarding a potential deal.

Boston United would normally be entitled to compensation under non-league rules if Southwell joined an English side, but a loophole means if he switched to a Scottish side, the Lincolnshire based club would receive no fee.

A similar situation recently hit Accrington Stanley as they lost Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to Rangers for free, with chief executive Andy Holt telling SkySports the situation was a 'joke'.

The deal appears to have alerted Scottish sides to the potential bargains south of the border, and Southwell, formerly of Grimbsy Town, could soon be on the move.

HITC Sport understood Southwell was interesting Blackburn Rovers until manager Paul Lambert recently left the club.

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