Manchester City have taken steps to beat a host of other clubs to the signing of Hearts wonderkid Aaron Hickey.
According to The Daily Mail, Man City have opened talks with Hearts over Hickey. Representatives from Hearts travelled to Manchester to discuss Hickey and Man City loanee Ryo Meshino.
It is believed that chairman Ann Budge travelled with ex-manager Craig Levein to hold discussions. Man City are keen on winning the race for Hickey, who will qualify to be a homegrown player in four years.
If City sign the 17-year-old, he will immediately be sent back to Hearts for the rest of the season on loan. But the Premier League champions face a battle with a long list of clubs.
According to The Sun, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Rangers, Southampton, Norwich City and Crystal Palace all want Hickey. The teenager is making quite the impression with 23 senior games already under his belt in Scotland.
While Hickey is a talent for the future, his performance against Rangers suggests he is not quite ready for the step-up just yet. The Gers ran riot against Hearts with a 5-0 win in which Hickey struggled.
But the Scottish starlet is still very young, versatile (can play at left-back and right-back) and he has a bright future. There is likely to be a scrap for his signature soon.