Hearts still hopeful of signing Scotland international defender Stephen Kingsley

Move for left-back could happen before Monday deadline

Stephen Kingsley is still wanted by Hearts.
Stephen Kingsley is still wanted by Hearts.

Hearts remain interested in signing the Scotland internationalist Stephen Kingsley and are prepared to make a move for him before Monday’s transfer deadline.

He is currently training with former club Falkirk, who also covet his signature, but Hearts are poised to make a late swoop if they can offload a player of their own.

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With seven new recruits already brought to Riccarton this summer, they hope to shift one or more players out in order to facilitate a deal for 28-year-old Kingsley.

The left-back is a free agent after leaving Hull City in May and was approached by Hearts early in the summer about a move to Tynecastle Park.

He looked at a number of other options in England and abroad without agreeing terms anywhere. Falkirk would like to bring him back to his formative club, however Hearts officials retain ambitions of taking to Edinburgh.

They hope to free up space in their squad first, which would need done before the transfer window closes, although as a free agent Kingsley is able to join a new team after Monday’s midnight deadline.

The Edinburgh club currently have the Australian Ben Garuccio and Englishman Aidy White vying for the left-back slot.

Neither was involved in Friday’s friendly win at Partick Thistle due to minor fitness issues. Recent signings Mihai Popescu and Andy Halliday both played from the start in the 2-0 victory.

Should a deal for Kingsley materialise over the coming days, he will join Popescu, Halliday, Josh Ginnelly, Jordan Roberts, Craig Gordon, Ross Stewart and Elliott Frear as Hearts’ new arrivals for the 2020/21 campaign.

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