Hearts face a fight with clubs in Scotland and England to recapture Manchester United’s Demetri Mitchell. Interest in the full-back is mounting as teams in the Scottish Premiership and English Championship bid to take him on a season-long loan.
Mitchell, 21, is in the final year of his United contract and hopes to agree a new deal. Hearts want to bring him back to Tynecastle Park after a successful loan spell last season, but competition for his signature is stiff.
Derby are one of a number of clubs north and south of the Border with an interest in signing Mitchell, who can operate at left-back, left wing-back or left midfield. He has not closed off the prospect of returning to Scotland having publicly stated how much he enjoyed his 11 Hearts appearances between January and May this year.
However, finances will play a major part in where the player ends up. United are keen to cover as much of his weekly wage as possible as part of any loan agreement, and teams in the English Championship would be able to offer more cash than Hearts.
Mitchell spent the summer on tour with United in America. He featured in friendlies against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, plus International Champions Cup matches against Liverpool and Real Madrid.
He is keen to play regularly throughout the season ahead to improve his experience at first-team level. Therefore, any loan move would have to offer the chance for him to cement a place.