Has Conor Shaughnessy hinted he is set to leave Leeds?

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City is brought down by Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power...

Shaughnessy has recently been linked with a loan move to Hearts.


Islam Slimani of Leicester City in action with Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United to the header during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King...

Conor Shaughnessy may have just hinted that he is set to join Hearts in the January transfer window from Leeds United after posting on his Instagram story from Easter Road.

Hearts earned an excellent 1-0 win away at Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby on Saturday evening thanks to Olly Lee's superb first-half strike, which sees Craig Levein's side sit in fifth place ahead of the winter break.

 

Edinburgh Live reported after the match that Shaughnessy had arisen as a target for Hearts ahead of the January window, with rumours suggesting that he had been in Edinburgh over the weekend to complete a deal.

The 22-year-old's post confirms suggestions that a move could be on the cards, as he took a photo of the action from Easter Road and uploaded the picture to his Instagram story on Saturday evening.

Shaugnessy Instagram

The Ireland youth international is likely to be considered surplus to requirements at Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa failing to use the 6ft 4in defender despite the club's centre-back crisis throughout November and December.

Instead, Bielsa turned to rookie defenders Leif Davis and Aapo Halme, rather than Shaughnessy. He has made one appearance for Leeds this season, but was hooked at half-time during a Carabao Cup loss to Preston.

Shaughnessy is only expected to go on loan to Hearts if a move does materialise, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2022.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United ahead of the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on October24th, 2017 in Leicester, United...

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