Hearts manager Craig Levein has admitted that he hopes to get deals signed to keep Steven Naismith and Peter Haring this week – and then will turn his attention to sorting out Arnaud Djoum’s future.
Naismith’s Norwich City contract is up the end of the season while Haring’s deal still has a year to run.
The Hearts boss is confident he’ll get them over the line soon before trying to keep Djoum at the club beyond the end of the season.
“I’m trying to get Naismith and Haring sorted this week if we can. I don’t quite know if that will happen yet,” Levein told the Evening News.
“I’m trying not to have too many balls juggling in the air at the same time, so once I get those two sorted I’ve said to Arnaud I will then turn to sorting his things if it’s possible.
“The three things are all moving in the right direction. I’m further ahead with Naismith and Haring than I am with Arnaud. If we can deal with them then I can give Arnaud’s situation a bit more focus and time.”
Both Haring and Naismith have been vital for the Jambos and will be big misses for this weekend’s Edinburgh derby.
Keeping both at Tynecastle will go a long way to helping the Jambos improve on this season and push on for a Europa League spot next season.
If Levein can also get Djoum to sign a new deal before next month’s Scottish Cup final with Celtic then it would be a massive boost for the Jambos to tie down three important players.