Hearts seek £5m for Driver

THE £3.5 million Hearts are seeking for Andrew Driver would only be a down payment, as majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov continues discussions with his Chelsea counterpart Roman Abramovich over a loan agreement and potential £5m transfer.

The Edinburgh club are determined that the 22-year-old winger will not leave for anything below market value following an offer from Burnley plus inquiries from Chelsea, Wigan, Middlesbrough and FC Twente.

Burnley are interested in a potential 3million deal, comprising an initial 1.5million and the remainder in add-ons. However, Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas has informed Driver's suitors that any primary payment must be in the region of 3.5m.

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Chelsea's interest was revealed by the Evening News last week and is being dealt with solely by Romanov. He and Abramovich are close friends and discussions remain ongoing over a loan agreement for the player, which would include the option of a 5million purchase thereafter.

"We absolutely know what we want to achieve," said Fedotovas. "We have had a number of discussions with a few clubs and I'm glad we have been getting very healthy interest in the player. If we get a proposal which falls within our expectations then we will consider it very seriously. If not, then we will keep the player for the benefit of the team. To a larger extent, the interests of the player and the club coincide – for us to achieve a sizeable transfer fee and the player to get to a higher level to continue his development would be quite important."

Meanwhile, it was reported today that Rangers are hoping to meet with Jose Goncalves and his agent this week over a possible move to Ibrox. The 24-year-old defender's contract at Tynecastle expired at the end of the season.