Scottish Premier League side Hearts have become the latest club to show an interest in former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare, according to a report from the Times (via BBC Sport.)

The 21-year-old midfielder is currently a free agent after deciding not to renew his contract at Hillsborough, but whichever club acquires his signature will have to pay a compensation fee.

Hearts have joined the likes of Leeds United and Aston Villa in showing an interest for the London born youngster.

Aston Villa are looking to strengthen their squad following their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final defeat at the hands of Fulham, and will be looking to delve into the free agents market due to their severe financial difficulties.

Reports linking Leeds United with a move for Clare have died down in recent weeks, although there has been a very real interest. Central midfield is one position where the Whites have plenty of strength in depth, so unless certain players leave, the signing of Clare might be quite unlikely.

Sean Clare started his career with the Nike Academy, before leaving to join Sheffield Wednesday back in 2016.

He failed to make any real sort of impact at the Owls, and instead he was loaned out to lower league clubs.

He had previously enjoyed loan spells at both Bury and Accrington Stanley, before spending the first half of last season on loan at Sky Bet League One side Gillingham.

Clare returned to Wednesday in January, and he made his first team debut for them in the 0-0 draw with Steel City rivals Sheffield United.

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