Steven Naismith is out of contract in the summer and Hearts must do whatever it takes to keep him at Tynecastle.
Naismith has been a revelation on loan with the Jambos but recent comments from the striker suggest his future is far from certain.
“The time will come when I’ll need to make a decision. I’d like to have it made by the end of the season. It normally comes to me so I’m not going to rush into it,” the striker told the Edinburgh Evening News.
Many expected that he would make his move permanent but admits he is in no rush to make a decision.
All that can be said for sure is that he won’t be a Norwich player next season.
But as things stand, who he will be playing for is anyone’s guess.
Twelve goals and four assists in 19 games this season show just how important Naisy is to the Jambos.
It’s no surprise that Hearts’ worst run of form coincided with Naismith being out injured.
The possibility of a coaching role might be something which appeals to the former Rangers and Everton striker.
However, with no obvious replacement for Naismith, it is on the pitch he will be most needed.
Any deal would smash Hearts’ wage structure but given the quality that he brings to the side it’s a no-brainer.
There will likely be competition for his signature after an impressive spell in Gorgie.
A move to somewhere like MLS or Australia could appeal but Hearts must do everything in their power to get Naismith tied to a permanent contract.