Hearts linked with Inverness winger Marley Watkins

HEARTS have been linked with a move for Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger Marley Watkins, as Robbie Neilson starts planning for life in the Scottish Premiership.

Marley Watkins tussles with Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson during a Scottish League Cup semi-final in 2014. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The Daily Express are reporting that Championship winners Hearts have indicated an interest in the 24-year-old, who is out of contract in the Highland capital at the end of the season.

Neilson is believed to be keen on striking a deal that would bring the former non-league footballer to Tynecastle during the summer.

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Watkins looks almost certain to leave Inverness, who he joined in 2013.

Marley Watkins tussles with Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson during a Scottish League Cup semi-final in 2014. Picture: Ian Georgeson

However, Hearts face competition from a number of clubs, with English Championship side Blackpool and Polish outfit Slask Wroclaw also monitoring Watkins.

Watkins has played 62 games for Inverness CT in all competitions, scoring nine goals in the process.

He had spent most of his career in the English non-leagues after a three-year spell with Cheltenham Town yielded just 26 outings and a solitary goal.

He played 61 matches for Bath City including a loan spell, and netted eight times.

A season with Hereford United saw Watkins score five goals in 35 appearances before being tempted north to sign for the Caley Jags.

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