Premiership sides Hearts and Motherwell have reportedly declined an approach from the co-chairman of Barnsley Paul Conway about a possible takeover.

BBC Sport have reported the American businessman had made contact with the clubs after also approaching Partick Thistle last year, but both sides have declined to entertain any talks.

The Daily Mail claimed yesterday that the Tykes chief had made ‘tentative approaches’ to two Scottish clubs, amid the uncertainty and financial disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hearts reportedly declined takeover talks with Conway (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He said: “We are hearing there might be more flexibility with regard to dual ownership, which might be a good thing during this difficult period for clubs.

“We can move fast for the right opportunity in the Scottish league and we are open to creative deals.

“We have already reached out to a couple of clubs that we know offering any assistance that they might need.”

Hearts and Motherwell are the clubs in question, but neither are prepared to entertain talks with Conway, who is involved with an international consortium that owns 80% of Championship side Barnsley.

Motherwell are the only fan-owned Premiership side (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That consortium also owns Swiss side FC Thun and had control of French club Nice before selling the club.

Motherwell are currently the only club in the Premiership who are owned by the fans, with the Jambos due to transfer ownership to the Foundation of Hearts from Ann Budge when the time is right.

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