Hearts boss Craig Levein has revealed that the club are in discussions to hand striker Uche Ikpeazu a new contract.

The Tynecastle manager disclosed that talk are underway with the player’s representatives.

He told the Daily Record: “Yeah we’re working on that. I’m speaking to his agent just now. I’ll give you some news when I have some news.”

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Ikpeazu’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and he made his return to the side in the midweek 0-0 draw with Livingston.

His appearance as a second-half substitute was his first for the Jambos in four months, after a foot operation.

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The striker had made a good start to the season before the injury, scoring four goals in 11 games.

Craig Levein will be pleased to have him back in the squad. He could work well together with Steven Naismith up-front in a typical big man/small man combination.

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It might be too early for him to start against Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, but it seems highly likely he will be involved at some stage in the game.

If Ikpeazu commits his future to Tynecastle he will be the latest in a number of players who have signed new deals.

The defensive duo of John Souttar and Christophe Berra recently penned new deals. Levein will be hoping that Ikpeazu is next in line to sign on the dotted line.

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