By Harvey Byrne
Scotland international defender Christophe Berra is expected to sign for Hearts in the next 24 hours, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun has claimed that the club from Tynecastle have won the battle with Rangers for the 32-year-old’s signature and he is likely to be announced a Hearts player in the next day.
The report follows on from news outlet HITC Sport claiming that the Gers had expressed an interest in the centre-back, who was confirmed to have left Ipswich by the club’s official website on Tuesday due to personal reasons.
It was detailed by HITC that Berra would not be making a decision on his future until after a family holiday.
However, the Sun article suggest some progress has been made with Berra soon to return to the Edinburgh-based club.
The experienced defender previously played for Hearts for six years between 2003 and 2009, totalling 106 appearances for the club before moving to England to Wolves in a £2.5million deal.
He has since formed a good career in England, winning promotion to the Premier League once in 2009 before going on to play in 96 matches in the top-flight.
It is now likely that he will improve the Hearts defence for next season with the club from Tynecastle sat just two places and 15 points behind Rangers in the Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
This is clearly a loss for Rangers if they were interested with Berra a very good centre-back and available on a free. It could have even possibly been the Gers best deal of the summer purely down to the club knowing they would get a quality Premiership player for no cost other than wage. However, manager Caixinha will surely have a list of other centre-back targets in mind to improve his shaky back four and it is now essential that the Ibrox giants don’t miss out on any more of their targets.
In other Rangers transfer news, this Gers 22-year-old has made a switch to the Premier League.