With Hearts needing a striker earlier in the transfer window, and reports claiming ex-Jambo Kyle Lafferty had been told  he can leave Rangers, it seemed like a perfect match.

Whilst doubt would be raised over whether he could replicate his first Hearts spell, that probably won’t be a worry now. A few key transfer movements have all but ensured that Lafferty is not going to be a Jambo once more.

A Jambo move for Lafferty looks to be off the cards. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

He perhaps would have been a decent signing, but he most likely won’t be wearing maroon this forthcoming season.

Washington deal and middle east reports throw any Hearts Lafferty deal overboard

There have been no concrete rumours or reports as such claiming Lafferty was a Hearts target. Given the circumstances, however, you would like to think that behind the scenes there may have been some contact.

It probably won’t happen though. Hearts unveiled striker Conor Washington last week, handing him the number nine shirt. Surely this would have been left for Lafferty had there been any notions of a Hearts move?

Lafferty would have bene given the number nine. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Secondly, recent reports claim he is set for a middle east move. Sunday Life claim that there are teams in Qatar and Saudi Arabia interested in him. They’ll be offering him huge pay packets and the Jambos wouldn’t be able to match their wages if they were interested in Lafferty.

Lastly, Levein recently hinted to the Edinburgh Evening News that he would be winding down his transfer activity.

Given he’s brought in two attackers in Washington and Jamie Walker as well, a move for Lafferty seems highly unlikely.

It’s highly unlikely now. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If there was Hearts interest in the Northern Irishman, there won’t be now. Too many factors are involved, factors that make a Hearts return very unlikely.

It’d would have been interesting to see how he coped in maroon again, but for now, that will need to be nothing but a question of what if.

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