Hearts hold talks with Gomis and McGregor

Morgaro Gomis is on Hearts' wanted list along with Darren McGregor, pictured below.

Morgaro Gomis is on Hearts' wanted list along with Darren McGregor, pictured below.

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HEARTS have held talks with Dundee United midfielder Morgaro Gomis and St Mirren defender Darren McGregor about possible moves to Tynecastle.

Head coach Robbie Neilson is an admirer of both players, who are out of contract at their respective clubs.

The Evening News has learned that Hearts have discussed contract terms with Gomis and McGregor but the players have yet to decide on their futures. They are considering other options as well as Hearts and are due to make definite decisions in the next few weeks.

Neilson and director of football Craig Levein are presently looking at a list of transfer targets as they try to reshape the squad ahead of next season’s Championship campaign. Gomis and McGregor, both 28, are seen as experienced heads who could help in the battle for promotion.

Born in France, Gomis was brought to Dundee United from Cowdenbeath by Levein in 2007 and is now in his second spell on Tayside. He is believed to have options in England and abroad in addition to Hearts. McGregor, born in Edinburgh, is also a former Cowdenbeath player, who joined St Mirren in 2012. With his contract up in Paisley, he is open to offers.

Hearts are also keen to re-sign goalkeeper Craig Gordon after he trained at Riccarton briefly towards the end of last season. However, they face competition from Celtic for the Scotland internationalist’s signature and realise they cannot compete financially with the Scottish Premiership champions.

Should Gordon go elsewhere, Hearts will consider approaching Marian Kello to be their No.1 for next year. Kello is out of contract at St Mirren and would be interested in a return to Tynecastle, where he became a fans’ favourite between 2008 and 2012.

Now 31, the Slovakian internationalist is keen to play regularly next season after losing his place to Chris Dilo at St Mirren during the last few weeks of the campaign just ended.