By Craig Turnbull
Hearts legend John Robertson says the club are desperate to hold on to star striker Osman Sow but concedes they are powerless to prevent him from leaving.
The 25-year-old is out of contract in the summer though Hearts are trying to extend his deal.
Sow has been in impressive form for the Midlothian outfit, netting 11 times in 26 games this season which has attracted interest from Rangers, Celtic and English Championship side Birmingham City.
And Robertson, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, says he’s unsurprised that the Swedish hitman is on the radar of bigger clubs.
“He’s got everything you would want in a striker. He’s a big lad, rangy and unbelievably quick,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.
“He doesn’t look it but I believe over 50 yards he’s the quickest at Tynecastle.
“He’s not a robust striker who’ll hold up the ball, but he does run in behind defences and when he gets going with the ball at his feet it’s incredible.
“He’s the top goalscorer this season at Hearts so it’s only natural that clubs are looking at him.
“If he was to stay in Scotland I can see him staying at Hearts.
“He loves the club, the place and the fans but the attention of a Championship or Premier League club in England and the money they can offer him …
“He’s out of contract as well but the smart money would be he’ll stay in this window.
“I know Hearts are trying very hard in the background with his agent to try and negotiate a new contract for him. There’s no doubt Robbie [Neilson] and Craig [Levein] see him as a pivotal part of the club.
“But you’ve got to be realistic it may well be that he has decided after spending two seasons up here that he wants to get back to the cut and thrust of the English side of the game.”