Hearts pulled off a great bit of business earlier today when they confirmed that Austrian midfielder Peter Haring has extended his Tynecastle contract – and it will take the Jambos a step closer to tying down Arnaud Djoum’s future.

Haring’s contract extension was confirmed by the Jambos earlier, and it now frees up manager Craig Levein to open proper talks with Djoum.

23rd February 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus St Mirren; Kyle McAllister of St Mirren and Arnaud Djoum of Hearts

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The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Levein has previously said that fixing Haring and Steven Naismith up would take priority before attention would turn to Djoum.

Djoum has been one of Hearts best players this season as they have struggled with consistency and keeping the Cameroonian is a no brainer for Hearts.

MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Arnaud Djoum of Cameroon during the International Friendly match between Brazil v Cameroon at the Stadium MK on November 20, 2018 in Milton Keynes United Kingdom

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Levein will be hoping the midfielder is keen to extend his stay in the capital but isn’t short of options if he decides his future lies elsewhere.

Teenage midfielder Harry Cochrane would be the obvious successor to Djoum in the Jambos midfield – and it might actually be a move that some Hearts fans would prefer.

9th March 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Heart of Midlothian; Arnaud Djoum of Heart of Midlothian challenges for the ball with Ethan Robson of Dundee

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With Haring’s future now settled though, it’s up to Levein to convince Djoum to stay in Gorgie as he looks to build on this season and climb up the table.

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