Hearts sporting director Joe Savage says William Lancefield was his number one target for the club’s head of recruitment role as the 28-year-old leaves Southampton.

Lancefield worked with Savage at Norwich City and has been with English Premier League club Southampton for over four years in various roles. He was most recently their head scout and will remain based in England to help Hearts’ recruitment south of the border.

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Lancefield is on the move. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Savage said: “This is a crucial role at the club and I’m really happy that we’ve got William on board. He’s someone I know well and as such I’m well aware of his talents and the skills he will bring to this club.

“Although this was an appointment that we took a bit of time over because we wanted to get it right, as soon as I knew John Murray was departing I made William my No.1 target. I’m certain that in William we’ve got someone who will make a positive impact in the way that we recruit players that can take us forward on the pitch.”

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