Hearts are reportedly interested in signing Walsall striker Elijah Adebayo, the Edinburgh Evening News reports.

The report reveals that the Tynecastle club have made contact with the English League Two club about signing the player, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

However, the report goes on to disclose that Walsall are not in favour of selling the player at the moment, as they look to win promotion. They currently sit 12th in the table, four points off the promotion play-off places.

Scored eight goals this season

Adebayo has scored eight goals for Walsall this season. In his time at the club he has scored 16 goals in total over two seasons.

Walsall v Oldham Athletic - Sky Bet League 2

Elijah Adebayo in action for Walsall (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The player is on target to beat the number of goals he scored last season. Last season he scored eight goals, he has already matched that tally this season.

Scoring goals doesn’t seem to be that much of an issue for Hearts this season. In 11 Championship games they have scored 33 goals. That is an average of three goals per game.

However, Robbie Neilson might feel that he needs more strikers for the weeks ahead when the football schedule will get even busier.

Maybe for next season

The player could also be purchased with next season in mind. Hearts seem all but certain to return to the Premiership next season.

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Elijah Adebayo of Walsall is reportedly a Hearts transfer target (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

It could be a case of forward planning from the Tynecastle club. That is always a sensible thing for a club to do.

In the meantime, Hearts will no doubt continue to look for players who could do a job both in the Championship and in the Premiership.

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