Hearts manager Robbie Neilson insists it will take a “huge bid” for John Souttar to leave Tynecastle when the January transfer window opens as he admitted that he still hopes to keep the Scotland international.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a host of English Championship sides as well as Rangers and Celtic after two injury-hit seasons saw him barely feature for the Jambos.

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However, Souttar is back to his best this season and has been vital for Neilson’s side as they’ve impressed on their return to the Premiership – as well as netting on his return to the national team following a three-year absence.

“We have put forward a really good offer,” Neilson said.

“He is still a Hearts player and we are having good negotiations with him. We will try as hard as we can to get him.

“If he does decide it’s time to move on it will take a huge bid in January for that to happen or he will see out his contract and if so we will all be happy.”

Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Luton, Queen’s Park Rangers, Birmingham, Blackpool and Preston have all been credited with an interest in the former Dundee United star – with his brother Harry currently plying his trade with Stoke.

Whether any will look to make a move for him at the start of 2022 remains to be seen but it would appear he is into the final months of his five-year spell as a Hearts player.

Having moved to Tynecastle from Dundee United in 2016, the Tannadice side look set to miss out on benefiting from Souttar’s move with the Arabs understood to have a sell-on clause should he be sold.

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