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Hearts transfer news: Toby Sibbick will stay unless value is met; Club could make more purchases, says Robbie Neilson | Football news

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson insists “key player” Toby Sibbick should not leave the club unless his rating is met.

Blackpool this week were rejected a six-figure bid for the 23-year-old defender who has shown strong form in recent months after initially struggling to impress following his arrival from Barnsley last January.

Sibbick – who scored his first goal for the club in Sunday’s Scottish Cup victory over Hibernian – has a contract with Hearts until 2025 and Neilson is hoping to keep the burgeoning centre-back for as long as possible.

Hearts rejected offer from Blackpool for Toby Sibbick, who is under contract with Tynecastle until 2025
Hearts rejected offer from Blackpool for Toby Sibbick, who is under contract until 2025

“He’s a very, very important player for us,” the manager told Sky Sports. “Every player we have at Toby’s level has a value and that value has not been matched, so he will stay here.

“I hope it stays that way at least until the end of the season, because we need him. The whole process is about building a team.”

“There’s no point in bringing players in and turning them for money six months later if we don’t believe the value is there.

“We build the team around key players and right now Toby is one of those key players.”

Hearts have already signed defender James Hill and striker Yutaro Oda and Garang Kuol this month, and Neilson remains keen to add at least one more, with Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Paterson among those on his wish list.

“We have a few targets and we are still pushing to get at least one,” he said. “I’d love to have one for the weekend, but I’m not so sure.”

Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon posted photos of himself performing light gym work on Tuesday, just one month after his double broken leg at the end of the season. Neilson is delighted to see the 40-year-old making such rapid progress in his rehabilitation.

“First of all, it is an inspiration to all the players here and outside this football club that he is so eager to come back at his age,” said the manager.

“He does all the work and does everything he can, so from our perspective there’s no surprise because we know what a top professional he is.

“We haven’t put any timelines on it [his return]. It’s just a matter of getting Craig back to full fitness first and foremost.

“If you ask him, he’s pushing all the time, but from our perspective it’s about giving him time and when he’s ready, he’ll come back.”

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Who’s heading out this winter? The January transfer window closes midnight in Scotland on Tuesday January 31, 2023.

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