According to the Daily Record, Hearts are interested in a surprise swoop for former Rangers player Kyle Lafferty this month.

It’s suggested that Austin MacPhee has already made contact with the striker about the potential of a move to Tynecastle and that the player is keen to return to the UK.

Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland against Belarus back in March. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The 32-year-old won five major trophies in his first spell at Ibrox between 2008 and 2012, and returned in August 2018, only to have his contract terminated by mutual consent 11 months later [Rangers.co.uk].

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The Northern Ireland international can also count Hearts amongst his former clubs, for whom he netted 13 goals in 37 appearances, including a winner against Celtic, before being snapped up by Steven Gerrard.

Most recently, he played for Eliteserien club Sarpsborg, helping them avoid relegation on the final day of the season. However, he was short of goals during his stint in Norway, netting just once in nine appearances.

Lafferty celebrates scoring for Hearts against Celtic, during his first stint with the club. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Verdict

This would be something of a surprise transfer move, given that Hearts are supposed to be ushering in a new era under Daniel Stendel.

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Yet, it seems that MacPhee and Craig Levein are still leading recruitment decisions at the Edinburgh club despite being relieved of touchline duties, and could pluck for one of their old charges.

The Jambos have also been linked with another Northern Ireland international, Liam Boyce [Scottish Sun], who has a vastly superior recent record to Lafferty, bagging 13 goals in all competitions this season.

Perhaps the thinking is, though, that if the rangy forward was able to help Sarpsborg stay up, he could do the same for Hearts.

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