Hearts locked in talks to sign Craig Wighton

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Hearts were last night locked in negotiations with Dundee in a bid to agree a transfer fee for Craig Wighton.

The Tynecastle club are keen to sign the attacker before the transfer window closes tomorrow night, with manager Craig Levein a long-time admirer of the highly-regarded 21-year-old.

Craig Wighton

Craig Wighton

Dundee are seeking a six-figure sum for Wighton, a homegrown player who is under contract until next summer. Hearts are hopeful of striking a deal and then opening talks with the player as they look to augment their strikeforce following the sale of Kyle Lafferty to Rangers last week.

Wighton is open to continuing his career in Edinburgh after being unable to build on his early promise at his boyhood club. Most of his past season was written off by a serious knee injury but he has featured in all of Dundee’s competitive matches this season, albeit restricted to a substitute role in each of their three Premiership fixtures thus far.

Wighton has scored nine goals in 88 appearances for Dundee since making his debut as a 16-year-old in the 2013/14 season. He has also spent time on loan at Raith Rovers and Brechin City.

Hearts are also keen to recruit a centre-back before tomorrow’s transfer deadline, with Northern Irish veteran Gareth McAuley and 26-year-old Fleetwood Town defender Cian Bolger among those in the frame.