Hearts seeking to boost midfield with free-agent signing

Hearts coach Robbie Neilson
Hearts coach Robbie Neilson
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Hearts aim to reinforce their squad by signing a new central midfield player, the Evening News can reveal.

Head coach Robbie Neilson is scouring lists of free agents hoping to unearth a midfielder to complement Morgaro Gomis, Prince Buaben, Jason Holt and Scott Robinson. Neilson has already signed 11 new players since being appointed head coach of Hearts in May, including Gomis and Buaben.

Last week, he chose not to sign trialist defender Lewis Toshney, who is now training with Edinburgh rivals Hibs.

Neilson feels midfield is the area he would like to strengthen but, with the transfer window now closed, he is restricted to players released by other clubs.

He stressed he is content with his squad as it is. However, he continues to look out for anyone who might offer improvement.

“I’m always looking for decent players and I’d like to try and get another one in,” Neilson said today.

“I looked at Lewis Toshney but decided against it. I’d like to try and get a midfielder in if I can. It’s just waiting to see who is out there. There will be boys available, it’s just a case of picking the right one.

“We have a lot of attacking options so I’m looking for a general central midfielder. If I don’t manage it then I’m quite happy with what I’ve got. If something comes up that would improve our squad, then I would bring somebody in.”