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Hearts look south for talent

Hearts manager John McGlynn will move for young talent from England after the SPL lifted the club's transfer embargo.

The SPL acted after Hearts paid their players on time on Wednesday and were satisfied by information from the club that a "remuneration default" had ended.

But restrictions on who Hearts can sign remain in place until the end of the season. McGlynn can only bring in players who are aged under 21 under SPL rules and can only sign them on a one-in, one-out basis and on less money than those departing.

Hearts have scope to bring two players in after Peter Enckelman was recently released following back-up goalkeeper Mark Ridgers' return to fitness, and Ryan McGowan was sold to Chinese side Shandong Luneng.

And McGlynn has been preparing for the scenario by scouting young players in England.

Speaking to Hearts TV after the embargo was lifted, McGlynn said: "It's good news obviously, it helps. We have lost a couple of players now and we have a few injuries and suspensions so it might come in handy that the transfer ban has been lifted.

"It's still very restrictive. We have four players in the Scotland Under-21s so where are we going to get better players to come in?

"You are really looking down to the English market and players who are not playing at their clubs down there who you are going to take a chance on.

"Although the transfer embargo has been lifted, it's not as if there are players who are hanging off the edge of trees who can just come in and hit the ground running."