OSMAN SOW has revealed that contract talks with Hearts are moving in the right direction as he prepares to sign the most important deal of his career so far.
The Swedish striker’s agent is in negotiations with Tynecastle officials as his current agreement is due to expire in June, and the Edinburgh club are eager for him to stay.
Hearts see Sow as a prized asset who could, in time, be sold on for profit if he continues developing. They hope he will agree a long-term deal after handing him a two-year contract in July 2014. His partnership with the Spaniard Juanma Delgado has yielded 17 goals so far this season and Sow explained that he feels settled in Scotland.
“We’ve had good conversations but it has to be right for me and the club,” he said. “We’ve had good discussions, though. It’s going in the right direction – we’ll see. I’m enjoying my football at the moment.
“This club has been moving on the up and up since I joined. I don’t see it going down given the way the club is run now. There are a lot of improvements around the place and they’re talking about a new main stand. There is a positive vibe at Hearts.”
Sow cited the work of head coach Robbie Neilson as central to his progress. “He’s a very good gaffer with a long future in football. I’ve also enjoyed working with Steve Crawford [Neilson’s assistant], he’s a good guy who has helped me focus on the details of my game.
“I’ve made many improvements and there are still more to come to allow me to be the best I can. I don’t know when we will speak to Hearts again. It’s up to my agent and the club and I try not to get involved as much as possible.”
The 25-year-old is free to speak with other clubs come January as he enters the final six months of his contract. He admitted his next deal “feels like” it will be the most important of his career but was coy when asked if he will listen to offers from elsewhere in the new year.
“I don’t know about that, I’m trying to focus on my football because if I think too much about other things I’ll not perform,” he said.
His long-term ambition is to return to England, where he spent a year with Crystal Palace in season 2013/14 without making a first-team appearance.
“You need ambitions or you’re as well going home,” explained Sow.
“You’ve got to think about when’s the right time and if I’m good enough [for England].”