Hearts boss Craig Levein has some good news for the Tynecastle club’s support. He has revealed that the club are close to agreeing a deal with Steven Naismith.

The deal would make Naismith a permanent Hearts player after spending the last 18 months on loan at the club. Levein is confident that any deal will be done shortly, perhaps in time for the first league game of the season.

“Will Steven be ready for the season opener? Maybe. He’s back in full training” Levein said, as reported by the Evening News.

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He then turned his attention to Naismith’s proposed contract with Hearts.

“We need to do the contract stuff”

“If there’s a reserve game next week, he could take part in a bit of that. Obviously we need to do the contract stuff, but he’s close.”

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It will be a real boost to Hearts when they get Naismith sorted on a permanent deal. He was excellent for Levein’s side last season, despite suffering two serious injuries.

Bonus if he makes Aberdeen trip

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As he missed so much of last season, having him fit for Hearts’ trip to Aberdeen would be a real bonus.

Even featuring on the bench would give the Hearts players and fans a confidence boost.

However, the new contract has to be agreed first. Judging by the manager’s comments though, that should be resolved fairly soon. The Hearts support will hope so.

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