Newcastle United, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the latest clutch of English clubs being credited with an interest in Aaron Hickey (The Scottish Sun), who has already been linked with Leeds United (The Sun on Sunday) and Queens Park Rangers (The Daily Record) this week.
But just who is the rumoured Newcastle, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leeds and QPR target?
HITC Sport has the lowdown on Hickey, here:
5) Now Hearts' first-choice left-back, Hickey only made his debut in May of this year - exactly a month before his 17th birthday.
4) Hickey appeared in last season's Scottish FA Cup final - starting Hearts' 2-1 defeat against Celtic - becoming the youngest player to do so since John Fleck for Rangers against Queen of the South 11 years earlier. Last month, Hickey scored the winning goal - with his right foot - as Hearts beat Hibernian in the campaign's first Edinburgh derby, at Easter Road.
3) Being an attack-minded Scottish left-back is not the only thing which links Hickey to Liverpool's Andrew Robertson and Arsenal's Kieran Tierney. Indeed, all three players have spent time in Celtic's academy ranks, with Hickey having returned to Hearts in 2018 after a previous spell in the Jambos' youth system. Celtic are reportedly due 30 per cent of Hickey's next transfer fee (The Scottish Sun).
Robertson was, of course, brought to English football by the now Newcastle manager, Steve Bruce, while Leeds (Stuart McKinstry) and QPR (Liam Kelly and Lee Wallace) have also utilised the Scottish market in recent months.
2) In terms of Scottish interest, it is not Celtic but their Glasgow rivals Rangers who have been linked with a move for Hickey. It was reported earlier this month that the Gers' new director of football, Ross Wilson, will 'recommend a £2 million swoop' for the youngster (The Scottish Sun) - although their manager, Steven Gerrard, swiftly dismissed the claim.
1) Hickey's existing contract expires at the end of next season, which could aid the causes of English suitors such as Newcastle, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leeds and QPR. But according to The Daily Record, the Hearts manager Craig Levein remains confident of striking an agreement over a new one with Hickey’s father and agent. The Scottish Sun speculates that Hickey will be offered 'more than £1,000 per week' to remain at Tynecastle.
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