Daniel Stendel is hoping he can bring in a new signing shortly as he revamps his Hearts squad.
Whilst plenty of omissions have been made already, nobody has come through the door. Hearts are in desperate need of fresh impetus after a bad first half of the campaign leaves them five points adrift at the bottom.
Stendel says that there is work ongoing on the transfer front and that his ‘hope’ is to have one done this week.
“It’s sometimes hard, for every club in January, to find the right player for the right money,” he told Hearts’ website. “But I can say that the club work hard to help us to bring the players in.
“I hope that we can give news this week and we can bring some players in. We are very close to signing and I hope in the next days we can say yes.”
Hearts cull begins
Already there have been noticeable cuts to the squad. Two have already departed the club, with Irish pair Glenn Whelan and Aidan Keena moving on after Stendel deemed them surplus to requirements.
Others await the same fate. Captain Christophe Berra, Colin Doyle, Craig Wighton and Jake Mulraney are all expected to go from Tynecastle in the near future.
They take on Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup this weekend. A first win for Stendel would be a big confidence boost heading into the Premiership’s midweek return, where they will travel to Ross County on January 22.
The German may hope to have a fresh face by the time he arrives in Dingwall.