Jordan Roberts in advanced talks with Hearts as he trains at Riccarton after leaving Ipswich Town

Former Inverness winger Jordan Roberts is interesting Hearts.Former Inverness winger Jordan Roberts is interesting Hearts.
Former Inverness winger Jordan Roberts is interesting Hearts.
Winger joins squad in Edinburgh as he looks for new club

English winger Jordan Roberts is in advanced talks with Hearts after training with the squad at Riccarton this morning.

The 26-year-old arrived in Edinburgh following his exit from Ipswich Town and joined manager Robbie Neilson’s group as full-contact sessions resumed.

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Hearts are firm favourites to sign the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle player despite interest from Gillingham, Salford City, Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United.

Roberts took part in a session this morning as he prepares for a potential return to Scottish football having played for Inverness during the 2015/16 campaign.

He left Ipswich in May when his contract was not renewed and is keen on a move to Hearts. He is an England Under-23 internationalist who previously played for Aldershot, Inverness, Crawley Town and Ipswich.

He spent last season on loan at Gillingham, who would like to sign him permanently, but Hearts are in pole position to secure his signature.

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Roberts is a pacey left-sided winger who stands 6ft 1ins tall and carries a physical presence in addition to his speed. He is direct and can go inside or outside in order to eliminate a defender.

Neilson wants to add quick and creative wide players to his team, plus a dominant central midfielder, as they prepare for a tilt at the Championship title.

Former Motherwell winger Elliott Frear is also training at Riccarton and that arrangement is expected to continue.

Hearts have also looked at former Hull City left-back Stephen Kingsley but a deal for the Scotland internationalist looks unlikely at this stage.

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