Gabriel Somi has travelled to Scotland to hold talks with Hearts, Ostersund chairman Daniel Kindberg has confirmed to the Swedish media, but his club still hope to keep the 26 year old.

The defender has been linked with a move to Tynecastle in the Edinburgh press in recent days, and this would be a development on that.

Speaking to Fotboll Dirket, Kindberg was asked if Somi is in talks to sign for Hearts in the January window: “That’s right (on the Scotland trip). All we can do now is to wait. We’ve offered Somi a proposal which we think is competitive. We are fully respectful for him going to Scotland and wanting to explore other possibilities.”

Yesterday the Edinburgh Evening News claimed Hearts are looking to sign Somi in the new year when his contract with OFK expires. It’s been reported Hearts manager Craig Levein is keen to strengthen his squad in January, and that Somi travelled to Edinburgh at the weekend to hold talks with the Scottish Premiership club.

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Somi has been part of the OFK team which has reached the knockout stages of the Europa League, despite being in a group with Athletic Club Bilbao and Hertha Berlin.

However, the left back would miss the chance to meet Arsenal in the next stage of the competition if he decides to sign for Hearts next month.