Hearts boss continues search
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts chief Valdas Ivanauskas is looking to sign two World Cup stars.
Hearts chief Valdas Ivanauskas has confirmed he is looking to sign two World Cup stars ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Ivanauskas has, as yet, been unable to bring any new faces to Tynecastle, much to the disappointment of Jambos fans who have seen SPL rivals Celtic and Rangers freshen up their squads during the summer.
A number of trialists are currently training with the club in a bid to win permanent deals but the Lithuanian coach is hoping to bring in some bigger names in the near future.
Two players he is targeting have spent the majority of the summer on World Cup duty with their countries and Ivanauskas has been unable to strike deals as they have been recovering from their exertions in Germany.
Whilst hopeful of finding gems within the trialists, Ivanauskas is confident he will add further quality to the squad before the start of the season at the end of July.
"I have four or five options with players coming in," he confirmed. "Hopefully, from Monday two or three players will come in for a trial.
"A lot of players are not ready for the start of the Champions League because they could have played at the World Cup and now they are on holiday, it is a big problem.
"Of the players I want to come in, some players have been at the World Cup but I can't say who they are.
"They are from European countries and play in defence and midfield. Two players I am looking at played in the World Cup. They have not signed but they won't have to come in on trial.
"I can't give you any names, if they sign for Hearts I can say but just now it is just interest."
Meanwhile, Ivanauskas remains hopeful of striking a deal for South Korean international Ahn Jung-hwan.
Ivanauskas is a known admirer of the forward, however, he admits a striker is not his first priority.
"Ahn has interest in other clubs but we also have an interest in Ahn," he added.
"But at the moment there is not such a high importance for Ahn to come in to a striking position."