Premier League giants Manchester City are reportedly stepping up their chase for one-time reported Rangers target Aaron Hickey.

The Edinburgh Evening News is claiming that Hearts owner Ann Budge and former boss Craig Levein travelled to Manchester to discuss the 17-year-old’s future.

It’s not the first time the Arab funded giant has been linked with a move for the youngster, who is now a mainstay in the Tynecastle club’s side after breaking through last season.

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Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey in action during the weekend’s 5-0 Rangers win over the Tynecastle side. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers were linked to the youngster not long after the appointment of Ross Wilson as club sporting director, with reports suggesting a £2m move for Hickey [Scottish Sun] was recommended by the recruitment guru.

However, former Hearts boss Craig Levein laughed off the interest [Edinburgh Evening News] and Steven Gerrard reiterated this [Scotsman] not long after.


Given the youngster’s impressive performances and young age it has certainly caught the eye of supporters and Hickey is seen as one of the biggest talents in the Scottish game.


A full-back who can play on either side, Hearts clearly see a big future for the youngster in the game.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hickey also played at Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers rolled Hearts over 5-0 in a dominant display, with Hickey’s performance perhaps evidence that he needs more time to develop.

According to the Evening News, that could well be with the support of Manchester City rather than Rangers.

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