Hearts have held “initial conversations” with former Rangers winger Barrie McKay, Jambos sporting director Joe Savage has confirmed, with the wideman a free agent after leaving Swansea City at the end of last season.

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The Tynecastle side have made an impressive start to the season following their promotion from the Championship and Savage admits that adding McKay to Robbie Neilson’s squad would help “improve” them.

McKay has struggled to make his mark in England since leaving Rangers, with spells at Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Fleetwood Town all proving unsuccessful.

That hasn’t put Hearts off a move for the one-time Scotland cap with Savage confirming talks with McKay’s agent and admitting he’s a player the Tynecastle side “like.”

“We’ve had initial conversations with Barrie,” Savage said [Daily Record].

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“He’s a very good footballer. We feel he’s someone who would improve us.

“We’ve spoken with his agent and he’s got interest from England as well so we’ve not made any contract offer or anything like that.

“We’ve just had initial discussions and we’re waiting for Barrie to come back to us to see where he’s at. He is a player that’s been put to us and he’s a player we like.”

McKay made over 100 appearances for Rangers before a fallout with then Gers boss Pedro Caixinha brought an end to his Ibrox career and saw him sold.

A lack of form south of border did him no favours before he left Swansea at the end of last season.

A move to Hearts would see him reunited with some familiar faces such as Andy Halliday and Craig Halkett after working with both during his time at Rangers – with Hearts assistant manager Lee McCulloch captain while McKay was at Ibrox.

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