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David Malinkovic close to Hearts return

David Malinkovic, who spent last season on loan with Hearts, is close to a return to Tynecastle after the Scottish club agree a fee with his parent club Genoa to make the move permanent. They now are seeking to agree personal terms with the 24-year old who scored six goals in 24 appearances for them last season.

Hearts manager Craig Levine has already made eight signings as he continues to rebuild his squad, and, according to The BBC, a deal for defender Peter Haring from Austrian second-tier club Ried is also close to being concluded.

Born in France, but with Serbian citizenship, Malinkovic was on Cannes books as a youngster, before spells at BASK Belgrade, Messina, Salernitana and Foggia in Italian Serie B, and then Genoa.

One potential problem for Hearts is that reports in Italy say Milinkovic is not entirely sold on a return to Scotland, with Championship sides Ipswich and Reading  also said to be monitoring the winger’s situation with interest.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.