HEARTS Director of football Craig Levein insists any club making a move for right-back Callum Paterson next month will have to pay at least £1million.
The former Scotland boss is adamant the international defender will not leave for anything less than a “seven-figure sum”.
Paterson, 22, has refused to enter into negotiations with Tynecastle officials over a contract extension and has rejected every offer put to him.
He is determined to leave when his existing deal expires next summer. The Edinburgh outfit will then be due a development fee of around £400,000 according to FIFA rules because the player has been at the club since the age of 15.
That figure could potentially rise depending on which club signs him. Wigan had a £550,000 bid knocked back in August and Derby County have since joined the race for the player.
Levein is determined he won’t leave during the winter transfer window unless Hearts’ valuation of £1million minimum is met.
He said: “We have made numerous attempts to keep Callum, but he is a strong-willed boy. He made his mind up, in spite of numerous offers of new deals which he has rejected.
“We are at a stage where he might move in January, if the number is big enough. If not, we will wait until the summer.
“Wigan made an offer that would have guaranteed us £550,000, but, if we are going to sell our best players and just be recognised as a team that sells at the first sign of an offer, then all that will happen is teams will keep knocking on our door and taking our players for next to nothing.”