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Steven Boyack
"I'm delighted Hearts have given me a chance."
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Hearts manager Craig Levein
"I'm not happy with the way we've been playing."
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banner Saturday, 13 January, 2001, 15:49 GMT
Hearts in transfer action
Steven Boyack is finally ready to start his Hearts career
Steven Boyack is finally ready to start his Hearts career
Steven Boyack's protracted transfer from Dundee to Hearts has finally been completed.

The 24-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at Tynecastle after a technicality between Dundee and Ayr United, where the player was on loan, was overcome.

A fee of 50,000 was involved - something of a bargain for a player who only last season was earning rave reviews for his performances in the Scottish Premier League.

Meanwhile, Darren Jackson has signed for Livingston on a month's loan and Gary Locke could yet be on his way to Bradford City.

Darren Jackson is on his way to Livvy
Darren Jackson is on his way to Livvy
Livingston manager Jim Leishman and coach Davie Hay were involved in talks for much of Friday with Jackson and a deal was reached by evening.

Locke could be on his way to English Premiership strugglers Bradford

Hearts manager Craig Levein rejected Valley Parade boss Jim Jefferies' initial bid of 30,000 deal because he was short of cover on the right side of defence.

But with the injury list improving, Levein has given former Hearts manager Jefferies the go ahead for a fresh move.

Locke is out of contract in the summer and his agent has made it clear that he will be leaving Tynecastle.

"There has been no more contact from Bradford as yet, but we would not stand in Gary's way if there was," said Levein.

"Jim made the original offer of 30,000 at a time when we were struggling for players and I could not let him go.

Nilsen interest

"Gary knows it was a footballing decision which prevented him leaving. If a silly offer had been made then it would have been a different matter.

"But with our injury situation now easing I would be happy to help him out because he has been a great servant to Hearts."

Norwegian defender Roger Nilsen has received an offer from Hearts to join the club on their break in Portugal.

The former Sheffield United man has been told that he is surplus to requirements at Molde and is anxious to secure his future.

"I have already got an inquiry from Hearts. I feel that it has gone a bit fast, and I would like to have a bit more time to look at other alternatives," he said.

"But, when you are a footballer, you will have to make quick decisions.

"At the age of 31, I have become a Bosman player. It doesn't help that we don't have a place to live after the end of April."

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