Hearts have tabled an improved bid for Burton Albion striker Liam Boyce as reported by STV News.
With reports suggesting League One outfit Sunderland have cooled their interest following the signing of former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, it appears the Scottish Premiership side are now in the driving seat to capture the Northern Ireland international’s signature.
The report claims the Edinburgh club had an initial offer rejected earlier this week but have returned with another bid for the sought-after forward.
Boyce is in the final six months of his contract in Staffordshire and is rated highly by Jambos manager Daniel Stendel.
The forward is no stranger to Scottish football having scored fifty-five goals in one hundred and fifteen appearances for Ross County between 2014 and 2017.
It was his outstanding form at Dingwall that persuaded the Brewers to part with a reported club-record £500,000 to lure him south, and the report claims they are looking for a fee in the region of £250,000 to agree to sell a player who is in the final six months of his contract.
Boyce has netted fourteen goals in thirty-four outings for Nigel Clough’s men this season, helping them to ninth in the League One standings, only two points outside the playoffs.
Sunderland might regret not pushing harder for Boyce, we can’t help feeling he is a better prospect than Lafferty.
We believe Hearts will have made a tremendous signing if they get the deal over the line.
As for Burton, like most clubs, if a player is in the last year of his contract it is often better to get a fee rather than lose him for free in the summer.
Brewers fans can only hope Clough has someone lined up to replace a key player in his squad and keep their playoff hopes alive.