Blackburn Rovers are among the sides who have an eye on Hearts defender John Souttar.
Rovers and Stoke City are two Championship teams who have been linked with a move for the Scotland international.
The 25-year-old is out of contract at Tynecastle next summer and could leave on a free transfer in just a few months time.
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It means the upcoming Janaury transfer window could be the last chance that Hearts have to claim a fee for Souttar, whose younger brother Harry plays for Stoke.
Central defenders currently on the books at Rovers include Daniel Ayala, Hayden Carter, Tyler Magloire and Darragh Lenihan, and the addition of Souttar would boost Tony Mowbray’s options in that department of the squad.
So who is the defender who Rovers are understood to be interested in and monitoring the situation of?
Souttar was born in Aberdeen and came through the youth teams ranks at Brechin City Youths and later at Dundee United.
He signed a professional deal with the Terrors in the summer of 2012 and made his first team debut for the club at the start of January 2013.
Souttar ended up racking up 73 appearances for Dundee United and scored twice, before moving to Hearts at the start of February 2016 and he has been there ever since.
In that time, he has played nearly 150 times for the club and found the back of the net on five occasions.
This season, Souttar has made 15 appearances and scored three goals, and he also has three Scotland caps to his name after making his senior debut for his country in 2018 against Belgium.
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