Hearts winger Sam Nicholson considers USA move

Minnesota United are keen on Hearts winger Sam Nicholson

Minnesota United are keen on Hearts winger Sam Nicholson

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Hearts winger Sam Nicholson is wanted by American Major League Soccer club Minnesota United.

The 22-year-old will explore the possibility of moving Stateside after rejecting the offer of a new contract at Tynecastle.

English clubs including Barnsley and Sheffield United are also monitoring the situation but would have to pay around £400,000 if they signed Nicholson.

FIFA compensation rules state Hearts would be due that amount if the player stays in Britain but not if he moves to America.

Nicholson is in no rush to decide his future and will look at all options available to him. So far, Minnesota have declared the strongest interest and have notified Hearts of their plans.

Rangers have also been credited with an interest in Nicholson, who is a graduate of the Riccarton youth academy. Hearts would prefer him to join a club in Britain to ensure they receive the compensation for his development.