HEARTS hope Osman Sow will be next to sign a contract extension after Igor Rossi and Arnaud Djoum pledged their futures to the Edinburgh club.
Negotiations are ongoing with the Swedish forward and his representatives and his signing is now the priority following deals for Rossi and Djoum.
The Brazilian defender and Belgian midfielder both signed contract extensions in the last 48 hours, tying them to Tynecastle until May 2017. The news was warmly welcomed by supporters after standout performances by both players in recent weeks. Sow is one of several senior Hearts players whose contract expires at the end of the season, the others being goalkeeper Neil Alexander, defender Blazej Augustyn, and midfielders Miguel Pallardo and Danny Swanson.
Head coach Robbie Neilson explained that keeping the giant striker is something he is working on. “We’re in negotiations and talking to Osman and seeing how he sees things. It’s important to keep talking.
“He’s been doing great for us this season and we’d like to try and get something sorted out. These things take time, though.”
Asked if a new deal for Sow could be completed by January, Neilson replied: “Hopefully, but it’s down to the player and what he ultimately wants to do. He’s been great for us so far and it’s about him continuing to do that. Then we can see where we go from there and hopefully get something done.”
Others will likely follow suit during the early part of next year once Hearts decide who they want to stay on for next season. “There’s so many of them out of contract in the summer. It’s a case of trying to get the urgent ones tied up. Djoum was a priority because his deal was up in January. Igor has just arrived and we wanted to get him settled a little bit.
“The other ones will take a bit of times because these things don’t all happen at once. They need to be happy and we need to be happy. Over the course of the next couple of months, I think we’ll get things sorted.”
Djoum, meanwhile, admitted he’d love to see Sow commit his future to the Jambos.
He said: “I hope he will sign as well because he is an important player for us and a nice guy. He has a lot of quality and you see that with his last goal. It was a nice goal. I hope he can stay long because he is an important player for us and I will tell him now that I have signed and that he has to sign also. It is very important he stays with us.”