HEARTS hope to negotiate midfielder Kenny Anderson’s exit during the January transfer window.
The Dutchman is expected to leave Tynecastle either on a loan or a permanent deal having been told he is free to find a new club.
He is eager to play first-team football but has failed to make a competitive appearance for Hearts this season. Head coach Robbie Neilson is hopeful he will agree a move in the next few weeks. The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and will be allowed to leave for free.
Anderson joined Hearts for a modest fee from RKC Waalwijk in February and scored on his debut in a 3-2 win at Livingston.
He has been unable to command a place in the first-team squad since the Edinburgh club gained promotion to the Premiership in May. He trained briefly with Livingston last month but could not agree a loan move to the Championship club.
“I’ve spoken to Kenny about his game time and it’s something we’ll look at again in the January transfer window,” Neilson told the Evening News.
“It might be a loan deal, it might be something more, it depends what the options are and what’s best for both parties.
“He went to Livingston to train but he couldn’t work something out with them to take it further forward. It’s just one of those things.
“He did well for us last season in the games that he played for us. This year we’ve brought more players in and the quality’s gone up within the squad. I think he’s just found it hard to get in the team. That can happen when you go up a level. That’s the reason we’ve given him the option to go.”