HEARTS have rejected a £250,000 offer from Ipswich Town for Scotland Under-21 defender Jordan McGhee.
Mick McCarthy, manager of the English Championship club, wants a new centre-back and has now submitted two bids for 19-year-old McGhee.
Both have been refused by Hearts, although Ipswich are now considering whether to return with a third offer.
McGhee is contracted until 2017 at Tynecastle and is regarded as a youngster with huge potential. He can play right-back or centre-back and was heavily involved during pre-season before dropping out of the starting line-up for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership opener against St Johnstone.
He wants to play regularly to accelerate his development having made his senior debut for Hearts at the age of 16.
Robbie Neilson, the Edinburgh club’s head coach, has stated publicly that McGhee would be involved more at first-team level this season.
Ipswich’s £250,000 bid does not meet Hearts’ valuation of the player. They must decide whether to increase their offer before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.