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Report: Southampton and Manchester City want Hearts defender Aaron Hickey

Jay Williams

Two Premier League clubs are considering swoops for Aaron Hickey. According to The Scottish Sun, Southampton and Manchester City are both keen on Hearts defender Hickey.

Man City are lining up a £1.5m January move for the teenage sensation. The 17-year-old is already a key part of Hearts’ plans and Man City want to add him to their development squad as one for the future.

But Pep Guardiola’s men face competition from Southampton. Both Premier League sides have been alerted to Hickey’s talent and want to add him to their squad.

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The Saints could probably even give him some opportunities to compete for first-team spots. Ralph Hasenhuttl chooses between Ryan Bertrand and Jake Vokins at left-back. But after losing Matt Targett, Hickey could come in and offer another option.

Hickey has already played nine senior games despite his young age. The Scotland U17 starlet has played five times this season (picking up one red card) but could be set for a £1.5m move to England in January.

TBR’s view

Hickey is the latest Scottish left-back to burst onto the scene. Scotland already have one world-class left-back in Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson. And Arsenal’s new recruit Kieran Tierney has the potential to join Robertson in the elite echelons of world football.

Then, you have Greg Taylor – a reported Celtic target – who is thriving at Kilmarnock and showing signs of promise. Hickey comes next and he looks like he has all the ingredients to join his fellow Scottish left-backs at the top of the game. This could be a shrewd purchase for Man City or Southampton.

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