According to a report from the Sunday Mail, Mark Warburton is planning to make a seven-figure bid for Aaron Hickey – in a move that could see the Englishman go up against his former club Rangers.
The Scottish Sun reported during the week that the Gers could be interested in Hickey. Incoming sporting director Ross Wilson is reportedly set to recommend making a £2 million bid for the 17-year-old, who he tracked while at Southampton.
The report noted that Manchester City are also thought to be interested in the Hearts man. And it appears that a familiar face has also joined the race.
The Sunday Mail reports that Queens Park Rangers are plotting a £1.5 million bid for the left-back. Warburton is set to send scouts to watch Hickey come up against Rangers on Sunday, and the Sunday Mail reports that it will be the fourth time that the QPR boss has sent someone to have a look at the teenager.
The growing interest in Hickey just helps highlight what a prospect he appears to be. His form since bursting into the Hearts first-team arguably made that abundantly clear anyway, but links with Manchester City and Rangers show that many are not expecting the full-back to fade away anytime soon.
It would be a huge statement for Rangers if they could sign Hickey. While some of their fans were not convinced about the youngster, he does look to have an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
And with Warburton now reportedly in the running, it could become all the more satisfying for the Gers if they could be the ones to land the starlet.