Hearts transfer deadline day: Busy 24 hours expected with Marcel Langer arrival - plus potential others and Christophe Berra exit

Manager Stendel still wants to reinforce his Hearts squad

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:54 pm
Christophe Berra could depart Hearts today. Pic: SNS

Hearts are expected to complete the signing of Schalke 04 midfielder Marcel Langer before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

The 22-year-old has flown into Edinburgh to undergo a medical and tie up any formalities and will boost Jambos manager Daniel Stendel's options in midfield.

However, Langer may not be the only arrival on what will be a busy day at Tynecastle.

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Hearts have made a last-gasp attempt to sign Barnsley forward Mamadou Thiam on loan. The 27-year-old Senegalese, who can play right across the front line, is out of favour at Oakwell and has played under Stendel before. Hearts made an enquiry about him earlier in the month, but were told Thiam's preference was to stay in England. However, with the transfer deadline looming and no move south of the Border as yet, he may well opt to come to Scotland.

A late swoop for Wolfsburg youngster Charles-Jesaya Hermann is not out of the equation either. He is another player seeking first-team football and is currently in the German club's under-19 squad.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon - who started his career at Hearts - has been linked with a move back to Tynecastle, but Stendel has hinted that a new goalkeeper is not his priority. In any case, Celtic do not want to lose their No.2 stopper, with Scott Bain recovering from a broken thumb. A major change in the landscape is needed for that move to come to fruition.

In terms of outgoings, the most significant could be former club captain Christophe Berra. A move to Salford City fell through earlier in the week and the 34-year-old has several options both at home and abroad, with Dundee leading the chase in terms of clubs from Scotland.

Reserve goalkeeper Colin Doyle had been mooted for a move away, but he is still recovering from a fractured ankle is now most likely to remain at the club.