HEARTS are planning to sign Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn on a pre-contract agreement this month.
The Northern Ireland international is free to talk to other clubs with his contract due to expire in the summer and the Tynecastle outfit are keen to land the ex-Celtic player for next season.
It is understood Tynecastle officials have held talks with McGinn’s representatives and see him as a potential key player under new Head Coach Ian Cathro.
McGinn was in good form on Friday night as he helped the Dons defeat the Edinburgh men 1-0 in the capital and provided the assist for Jonny Hayes’ winner.
The 29-year-old attacker has been a vital part of the Pittodrie team over the past three seasons and has become a fans’ favourite.
McGinn is well known to the Hearts coaching set-up, with assistant Austin MacPhee having worked alongside him with the Northern Ireland national team.
Cathro, meanwhile, has returned former Celtic Champions League hero Tony Watt to his parent club Charlton.
The striker managed only one goal in 12 appearances for the Jambos during his six-month loan spell.