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MacLean starts Tynecastle trial

Steven MacLean
MacLean arrived at Hearts training ground in Riccarton on Monday

Plymouth Argyle striker Steven MacLean has arrived on trial at Hearts.

The 27-year-old former Scotland Under-21 forward started out at Rangers before moving to Scunthorpe United, where he scored 24 goals in 48 games.

He also spent three seasons at Sheffield Wednesday then a brief spell at Cardiff City before arriving at Home Park for £500,000 in January 2008.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen are retaining an interest in Steven MacLean and another Plymouth player Jim Paterson.

The Dons failed in an attempt to sign MacLean and former Motherwell wing-back Paterson in July and Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee has recently stepped up efforts to sign the pair on pre-contract deals but is unlikely to be able to afford an immediate transfer.

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Hearts say manager Csaba Laszlo will assess the Edinburgh-born player, who has made only four appearances this season, at training this week before any decision is taken on his future.

Laszlo is desperate to add firepower to his team with Christian Nade his top-scoring striker on two goals this season.

Charlton Athletic striker Izale McLeod is also expected at Tynecastle this week for a trial and talks with the Edinburgh club.

Hearts have revived their interest after failing to sign the former England Under-21 international, who joined Charlton from MK Dons for £1.1m in 2007, in the summer.

Laszlo was frustrated at being unable to sign a new striker before the closure of the last transfer window, but he has moved closer to bringing in a new marksman in January.

Should McLeod move to Tynecastle, it is likely to be an initial loan move and the same could be the case with MacLean.



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see also
Dons secure loan signing Marshall
04 Jan 10 |  Aberdeen
McLeod to have talks with Hearts
23 Dec 09 |  Hearts
Aberdeen tracking Plymouth pair
18 Jul 09 |  Aberdeen
MacLean joins Argyle from Cardiff
18 Jan 08 |  Plymouth
Cardiff capture Rae and MacLean
22 Jun 07 |  Cardiff



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