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Hearts offer Hartley escape route back north

Hearts are set to make a formal move to re-sign Bristol City midfielder, Paul Hartley. Director Sergejus Fedotovas admitted there had already been discussions with the 33-year-old, who left Tynecastle in £1.1million switch to Celtic in 2007.

Hartley is halfway through a two-year contract at Ashton Gate but City boss Steve Coppell will allow the homesick Scotland player to return north.

Fedotovas told the Edinburgh Evening News: "We are finalising the approval process for signing Paul Hartley so I hope that we will be able to sign the player in the near future.

"I think that, in the next day or two, this will be absolutely clear and we will be given the green light to go ahead with this signing, which I hope we will be able to make."

"I understand that he is very popular with the fans, but we still need to wait a little bit to find out the possibilities.

"Generally, amongst the board there is support for this move so we need to formalise a few things and wait a few days for a final decision."

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