Hearts eyeing a move for Burton Albion striker Liam Boyce

Northern Ireland internationalist has already scored against Daniel Stendel

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 3:10 pm
Liam Boyce is wanted by a number of clubs, including Hearts

Hearts are one of several clubs interested in signing the Northern Ireland international striker Liam Boyce, who has entered the final six months of his contract at Burton Albion.

The former Ross County player is top goalscorer with the English League One side this season after 12 goals in 29 games. He is weighing up his future ahead of a possible summer move, however Hearts are considering making an offer for a quick transfer this month.

• READ MORE - How has Hearts transfer target Liam Boyce fared since leaving Scottish football in 2017?Daniel Stendel, the manager at Tynecastle Park, wants to sign a new striker now to help his team fight relegation. He has already witnessed Boyce's net-bulging exploits first-hand as the 28-year-old scored against Stendel's Barnsley side in Burton's 3-1 win last April.

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Boyce is also well known to the Hearts coach Austin MacPhee, who is part of the Northern Ireland coaching staff. MacPhee is helping Stendel recruit players during January and Boyce, who holds 21 international caps, has already proven prolific in the Scottish Premiership.

The Edinburgh club were keen to sign the forward in summer 2017 after 25 goals in 40 games for County made him Scotland's top goalscorer. He headed to England and signed a three-year contract in a record-breaking deal for Burton.

He is now wanted by a number of teams as that contract is set to expire this summer. Hearts must move quickly if they want to secure his signature. Should a quick transfer fail to materialise, a deal to bring Boyce to Tynecastle for next season would be a potential back-up option.

Hearts are also interested in a number of Stoke City players - including the former Partick Thistle centre-back Liam Lindsay - as Stendel tries to revitalise his first-team squad for the second half of the campaign.