Hearts rejected a £100,000 offer from Dundee United for Danny Wilson because they are adamant their captain is worth significantly more.
Head coach Robbie Neilson suggested a swap deal of £100,000 plus John Souttar after knocking back United’s intial cash bid, but that proposal was refused by the Tayside club.
United lodged their bid for Wilson last week which was instantly rebuffed by Neilson and Hearts’ director of football, Craig Levein. Hearts then enquired about a possible swap to add Souttar to the deal, with Wilson going the opposite way. However, United said no.
Hearts will now hold talks with Wilson as soon as he returns from holiday to explain the situation and reassure the 22-year-old that he is valued highly. The discussions between Hearts and United leave his future career at Tynecastle unclear.
Talks took place last summer between Wilson and United officials as he pondered his next move before agreeing to join Hearts permanently from Liverpool. The Tayside club remain keen on him and could return with an improved cash offer to test Hearts’ resolve.
Wilson has another year remaining on his existing contract at Tynecastle, which runsuntil June 2015. There is an option to extend the agreement for a further 12 months.
Hearts released several experienced players after their relegation to the Championship. However, they were expected to build a new team around Wilson given his notable top-level experience with Rangers, Liverpool and Scotland.
United value Souttar highly and are not keen to sell him for less than his market value. Sunderland had a £600,000 offer accepted for the defender last year but he refused the chance to move to England at that stage in his career.