Derby County are in “pole position” to land Hearts defender John Souttar this summer in a £5million swoop, according to a report.

According to TeamTalk, Frank Lampard’s side are set to beat Rangers to Souttar’s signature with the reported asking price proving too much for Steven Gerrard’s Gers.

19th April 2019, St Andrews Stadium, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Birmingham City versus Derby County; Frank Lampard Manager of Derby County watches the action
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Souttar has enjoyed an impressive season for the Jambos as they have reached the final of the Scottish Cup and secured a top-six finish in the league.

The Scotland international has made 31 appearances so far this term, scoring once, and has been a central figure in Craig Levein’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian F.C. scores his team's second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Derby are reported to be under a soft transfer embargo at the minute which could hinder any plans to sign Souttar but it should likely be resolved by the summer.

Lampard’s side are currently in a position to secure a playoff place after beating QPR on Monday to climb into sixth in the table.

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Zdenek Zlamal hugs John Souttar after the win
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The Rams have a game in hand over their nearest challengers and will be hoping to book their place in the final three games.

With an Edinburgh derby this weekend for Hearts, Souttar and his Jambos team-mates will be aiming to get over the disappointment of last week’s 3-1 defeat by Rangers at Tynecastle.

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