Derry City captain Eoin Toal is a transfer target for cinch Premiership side Hearts and English League One club Sunderland (Derry Journal).

Toal has impressed at Derry City over his 113 appearances. Still only 22, he has risen through the ranks to become City captain at a young age. Hearts and Sunderland are now said to be keen on Toal, who has 10 caps for Northern Ireland U21s.

Eoin Toal is wanted by Hearts and Sunderland this summer.

Eoin Toal is wanted by Hearts and Sunderland this summer. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Derry City’s League of Ireland campaign is well underway while Hearts and Sunderland continue to make preparations ahead of their respective 2021/22 seasons.

Hearts started their pre-season schedule with a 6-0 win over Linlithgow Rose on Saturday. Robbie Neilson’s side are scheduled to face Civil Service Strollers, Spartans, Ayr United and Falkirk ahead of the new season. England youth international Alex Cochrane was signed on Monday as part of the Tynecastle club’s recruitment drive.

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