Hernandez could be too costly for Hearts

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THE Hearts manager Jim Jefferies conceded yesterday that he may not have the cash to sign AZ Alkmaar’s transfer-listed striker Ferdino Hernandez who is training with the Tynecastle club.

Hernandez, 29, who played for two seasons alongside Michael Mols at Utrecht, isone of six players freed by Alkmaar this summer and showed up well in a training match at Musselburgh yesterday.

But Hearts’ much publicised financial difficulties could bar Jefferies from making a move for the player at the moment.

He stated yesterday, though, that both he and his backroom staff would keep eyeing potential signing targets, should Hearts’ financial situation change.

"Despite the financial position of the club, you must still try to do your job and look to improve things. You never know what could be round the corner," said Jefferies. "Something might change or money might be there or someone sold and money available, so it doesn’t stop you doing the work.

"Right now, we couldn’t go and buy anybody, but we will just keep doing the job right.

"Ferdino was a player who we had a look at when we were tipped off about him. We had a look at him also on video and we were impressed enough to invite him over."

Hearts have told defender Kevin James he can leave the club if a suitable offer comes in. The former Falkirk defenderhas struggled to hold down a regular first team spot.

The Hibs manager Alex McLeish will hold talks withofficials from Strasbourg within 48 hours which will determine whether David Zitelli signs on at Easter Road.

Zitelli, 31, flew back to France last night after impressing in a practice match yesterday alongside fellow trialist, the Norwegian keeper Frode Grodas.

McLeish is keen on Zitelli who has fallen out of favour with Strasbourg manager Claude de Roy. He will now speak to the French side to see how much they would want for the frontman who has scored99 goals in the French firstdivision.

McLeish said: "I have heard different stories about fees and salaries, and after we know what these are, we will make a decision. There is no doubt whatsoever that the guy is a good player."

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