HEARTS boss Daniel Stendel wants to make former Ross County striker Liam Boyce his first signing for the club.
The new Tynecastle boss is determined to bring in a proven goalscorer and the 28-year-old Burton Albion hitman fits the bill, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.
Boyce is out of contract at the end of the season, but the German coach acknowledges the toiling Edinburgh club, currently propping up the premiership, need a marksman immediately.
The Jambos tried to sign Boyce following a prolific spell at the Dingwall club, but they lost out to Burton, who paid a club transfer record £500,000 back in 2017.
Stendel will now urge the club chiefs to act with speed during the transfer window for the attacker who came on as a sub and scored his 13th goal of the season in his side’s 4-3 win over Bolton on New Year’s Day.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough wants to offer the player a new contract in the summer which will hasten Hearts’ actions.
Boyce has scored 22 goals in 76 games at Burton while he claimed 48 goals in 99 games for County.