Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list – but insists he won’t bring someone in for the sake of adding a new face.

The Jambos have been without Liam Boyce through injury recently and Neilson already has plenty of attacking option in striker Armand Gnanduillet as well as attacking midfielders Josh Ginnelly, Barrie McKay, Ben Woodburn and Gary Mackay-Steven but he wants more.

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However, the Hearts gaffer knows it can be hard to get the right additions in January as sporting director Joe Savage works away to identify targets for the Jambos when the window opens in the new year.

“Every January you look to improve the squad and move forward,” he said [EEN]. “We will do that.”


“Attacking areas are always ones you look at so we will look there, but we are only going to bring somebody in if they improve the squad.

“January is always a difficult period to bring somebody in. Joe is working away in the background and we’ll see where we go.

“We want to add to the squad but everyone in the league will want to do that during the winter window. We need to make sure we work away to get the right one.”

Boyce could return to action this weekend for Hearts who, after suffering their first league defeat of the season, will be desperate to pick up three points against Dundee United.

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