By Derek Smithson
Newcastle youngster Tom Heardman could complete a loan move to Scottish Premiership club Hearts next season, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the 21-year-old striker is likely to be loaned out to obtain first-team experience and has had several suitors from League One.
It is understood that he is also wanted by Hearts and he could link up with their coach Ian Cathro, who previously worked at St James’ Park.
The report details that Rafael Benitez has assessed the quality of Heardman already and feels another spell away from the Magpies will help his development.
Heardman has previously had loan spells at Gateshead and Hartlepool in the past, but failed to break into their respective starting XIs.
The forward impressed in the second half of last season in Newcastle’s Under-23s side and is now desperate to emulate that form at senior football.
He is a powerful figure standing at 6ft 4in and was recently handed a contract extension to remain with the north-east club for the future.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle already have several senior forward in their squad, including the likes of Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy. It would be no surprise to see manager Rafael Benitez bring in another recognised striker to help bolster his squad ahead of a Premier League return. Heardman has a growing reputation at St James’ Park for his ability, but needs a successful loan spell to shoot him up the pecking order. England Under-20 international Adam Armstrong certainly deserves a crack in the first team ahead of him after scoring goals at Coventry and Barnsley. Hearts could be a great destination for Heardman and it would give him the chance to play in a top flight. The 21-year-old would be able to pit himself against the likes of Rangers and Celtic, which would only help his own development.
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