Hearts are currently undergoing an extensive search for Craig Levein’s successor. A number of names have been mentioned, with the likes of Stuart McCall holding interviews with the club according to the report.
Stendel is the latest man linked with Hearts talks but his Barnsley situation provides a major hurdle to jump.
Reported Hearts target Stendel still under contract at Barnsley
The German is still on the Tykes payroll following his sacking by the club. Stendel is still waiting for a pay-off from his former employers.
This situation is unlikely to be resolved soon the report claims, which means Hearts would need to shell out a ‘substantial’ six-figure sum to get Stendel. He is under contract at Oakwell until the end of the season.
His 16-month spell in Yorkshire was largely successful, guiding Barnsley to automatic Championship promotion in May. He was sacked following a poor start to this season though.
Hearts are seemingly keen to speak to him about their vacancy but the German has a situation at Barnsley that needs dealt with first.