Hearts manager Craig Levein has moved to kill off speculation linking him with a move for former Scotland star James Morrison.

Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen were all linked with a move for the former West Brom ace, according to Sky Sports as quoted by the Sunday papers but Levein couldn’t have been more categoric in his denial of any interest.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Craig Levein manager of Hearts

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Despite admitting he is in the market for a new midfielder, Levein had a simple one-word answer when asked if there was any truth in the reports during his pre-match press conference at Tynecastle.

Levein flatly said “no” when asked if he was interested before repeating the answer when pushed on it further.

Morrison is a free agent after his release by West Brom but the veteran midfielder doesn’t really fit the bill for what Hearts need right now.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: James Morrison of West Brom in action with David Davis of Birmingham during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City at The Hawthorns on March 29, 2019 in West Bromwich, England.

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The 33-year-old would also likely demand a hefty wage and it’s money that Hearts could realistically look to spend better elsewhere.

After losing Arnaud Djoum after his contract ended, added to Haring’s injury woes, Levein really does need to add some quality in the middle of the park if his side are to have any chance of having a successful season.

 

 

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