HEARTS rejected a five-figure offer from Swansea City for teenager Adam King just hours before England’s transfer window closed on Monday. The bid was refused by BDO, the Hearts’ administrators
BDO felt the bid offered undervalued the 17-year-old midfielder. King, the younger brother of winger Billy, has yet to make a competitive appearance for Hearts, but has been on the substitutes’ bench three times this season. He is highly regarded by Riccarton coaching staff as a cultured midfield player who has represented Scotland at under-18 and under-19 level.
Swansea wanted King to join their youth ranks and made an official approach to Hearts on Monday. The English Premier League club put a five-figure sum on the table, but the offer was refused by BDO, who dismissed Nottingham Forest’s attempts to lure Jason Holt south earlier in the summer.
Hearts have made it clear they will not allow promising youth academy graduates to leave for less than their market value, despite the club needing cash to continue operating while in administration. King’s future remains at Tynecastle for the moment and he is expected to break into Gary Locke’s first team at some point this season.
Meanwhile, two of Hearts’ other youth academy pupils, Sean McKirdy and Leon Jones, were heavily involved as Scotland Under-16s beat Italy 3-1 in Kirkcaldy last night. McKirdy scored the opening goal after only five minutes, whilst Jones was captain of the side.
Meanwhile, defender Jamie Hamill was today awaiting news on his appeal against his red card against Inverness on Saturday. The decision is expected to be overturned by the Scottish Football Association’s judicial panel, which would leave Hamill free to face Celtic at Tynecastle on Saturday week.