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Healthy interest in 3.5m Andrew Driver, say Hearts

Hearts winger Andrew Driver
Driver missed much of the past season through injury

By Brian McLauchlin

Hearts say there has been "healthy interest" in winger Andrew Driver, who is believed to have had a £3.5m price tag placed on his head by the club.

Burnley had a £1.5m offer rejected, while Dutch outfit Twente have claimed that they had a £3m offer turned down for the England Under-21 international.

Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas told his club website: "We have had a number of discussions with a few clubs.

"And I'm glad we have been getting very healthy interest in the player."

Driver, who is under contract until 2013, missed much of last season through injury.

But, while not revealing any specific fee, Fedotovas stressed that Hearts would not waver in their determination to receive their full valuation of the 22-year-old.

If we get a proposal which falls within our expectations then we will consider it very seriously

Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas

Indeed, BBC Scotland believes that any club looking to sign Driver would have to pay the transfer fee up front and in full.

"Obviously, we will make a decision on what is in the best interests of the club," said Fedotovas.

"To a larger extent, the interests of the player and the club coincide - for us to achieve a sizeable transfer fee and the player to get to a higher level to continue his development would be quite important.

"We absolutely know what we want to achieve.

"If we get a proposal which falls within our expectations then we will consider it very seriously.

"If not, then we will keep the player for the benefit of the team."

Driver progressed through the youth ranks at Tynecastle and broke into the Scottish Premier League club's first team in 2006.

A £1m offer from Championship outfit Coventry City was rejected by Hearts in January 2009 and Driver's form that season led to him being capped for England Under-21s a few months later.

Despite him only making 14 appearances in the season just finished, Burnley have continued to pursue the midfielder as they look to bolster their squad after being relegated from the Premier League in England.

Twente chief executive Joop Munsterman told RVT Oost that Hearts had turned down their £3m offer.

Despite being born in Oldham, Driver has previously stated his desire to play for Scotland, where his family moved when he was 11 and for whom he played as a youth.

He last week welcomed news that the Scottish Football Association had agreed new rules with their English, Northern Irish and Welsh counterparts that should allow players like himself to change allegiances if they have had a minimum of five years' education under the age of 18 within the country.



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see also
Hearts in talks with midfielders
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Driver joy at Scots eligibility
09 Jun 10 |  Hearts
Burnley bid for Hearts ace Driver
07 Jun 10 |  Hearts
Driver hopeful on Scotland switch
31 May 10 |  Football
Driver undecided on Scots future
03 Nov 09 |  Hearts
Coventry table 1m bid for Driver
30 Jan 09 |  Hearts
Driver signs Tynecastle extension
29 Aug 08 |  Hearts


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