A Scottish bookmaker has suspended betting on the German manager Daniel Stendel joining Hearts.
The Tynecastle club have interviewed a number of candidates since sacking Craig Levein last month and Stendel has emerged as a leading contender.
Betting firm McBookie announced they had closed the book on the former Barnsley manager, tweeting: “Nearly time for Daniel Stendel at Hearts? We have stopped betting now as rumours suggest it is a done deal.”
Other bookmakers make Stendel a heavy odds-on favourite for Tynecastle.
The 45-year-old former Hannover coach guided Barnsley into the Championship last season but was sacked 11 matches into the current campaign with the club second bottom.