Hearts offer Steven Naimsith and Arnaud Djoum new contracts

Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over St Mirren
Image: Hearts are hoping to keep Steven Naismith at Tynecastle beyond the end of the season

Hearts have offered new contracts to Steven Naismith and Arnaud Djoum, manager Craig Levein confirmed on Tuesday.

Scotland striker Naismith and Cameroon midfielder Djoum are both contracted until the end of the season at Tynecastle, but Levein would like to ensure the pair stay beyond the summer.

Levein has already succeeded in tying down key men Christophe Berra, John Souttar and Michael Smith on new deals in recent weeks and is keen to further stabilise his squad.

Hearts’ Arnaud Djoum turns away to celebrate his goal
Image: Craig Levein is keen to hold on to Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum

"I'm trying," Levein said as he spoke ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Premiership clash with Livingston. "My strike rate isn't bad so far, so I'll just need to keep it going.

"It would be good to get all the ones signed up who give us that stability I keep talking about.

"I'll just wait and see what happens."

Hearts’ Steven Naismith celebrates his goal to make it 2-0
Image: Naismith has scored 13 goals in 22 appearances for Hearts this season

Naismith is on a season-long loan from Norwich but the 32-year-old will become a free agent this summer when his Carrow Road deal expires.

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Djoum, 27, joined Hearts from Lech Poznan in 2015 but his current deal also runs out at the end of the season.

"I want Arnaud to stay but he said to me a while ago that if something comes up that at his age is worth an awful lot of money, then he would probably look to take it," Levein said.

01/02/19 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP.KILMARNOCK V HEARTS.RUGBY PARK - KILMARNOCK.Hearts Manager Craig Levein (left) with John Souttar at Full Time
Image: Levein has already succeeded in renewing the contracts of several key players

"But I'll keep chipping away. He likes it here in Edinburgh and his family are settled. There is more to life than money.

"I believe Steven is happy here but again it depends on whether something else comes up in the next couple of months that piques his interest."

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