Nottingham Forest have emerged as a possible admirer of Hearts defender John Souttar as he enters the final six months of his contract at Tynecastle – with the likes of Rangers, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.

Souttar’s goal in last night’s 2-0 win for Scotland over Denmark will have done little to dull the attention being paid to the Hearts stopper, with clubs set to offer the defender a Bosman move ahead of his contract expiring.

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The former Dundee United star’s form has been a big part in Hearts’ impressive start to the campaign with five clean sheets and three goals to his name for the Jambos – as well as his header for Scotland last night.

His performance for Scotland caught the eye, with Souttar picking up the sponsor’s man of the match award after the game as he won his fourth cap for his country in last night’s triumph.

Hearts will no doubt be desperate to keep Souttar at Tynecastle beyond the end of his existing deal, but with a number of clubs eying a move for the stopper, it could prove to be beyond the Jambos.

 

Souttar’s brother Harry, an Australian international, currently plays for Stoke City so that could help influence Souttar senior when he decides the next step in his career.

With Souttar finally looking back to his best, the defendder will be hoping he can live up to the potential that saw him linked with a move to the Premier League earlier in his career.

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