Hearts keen on loan move for Australian international forward

Hearts are considering a loan move for the Australian international forward Jamie MacLaren but must decide if they can afford his wages.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 11:53 am
Updated Thursday, 21st December 2017, 12:11 pm
Australian forward Jamie MacLaren is interesting Hearts

MacLaren, 24, is on a lucrative contract at the German second division club Darmstadt, although he is unsettled after moving there in the summer from Brisbane Roar.

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Hearts are interested in bringing him to Tynecastle if they can match his substantial salary. The move is a long way from coming to fruition as the Edinburgh club are still weighing up options to strengthen their squad during the January transfer window.

Melbourne-born MacLaren was capped by Scotland Under-19s in 2011 as his father is from Scotland. He was with Blackburn Rovers at the time but moved to Australia and became a regular goalscorer with Perthy Glory and Brisbane Roar before joining Darmstadt earlier this year.

The player has five full caps for Australia and can play as a central striker or an attacking midfielder. The Hearts manager Craig Levein has stated publicly that he wants to sign an attack-minded midfielder in January.