Scottish Premiership club Hearts could opt to cash in on young winger Jamie Walker in the January transfer window with the player having not agreed a deal to stay at Tynecastle according to the Daily Record.

The 24-year-old Edinburgh born contract rebel has been linked with a £300,000 move to Sky Bet League One league leaders Wigan Athletic in the past few days.

It has now been revealed that Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted defeat in keeping Walker at the club and a January transfer to The Latics seems like a real possibility.

Should Hearts opt to allow the midfielder to leave in January, The Jambos will at least be able to command a transfer fee for the player’s services as Walker is able to leave as a free agent on 30 June.

The player is a product of the academy system at Tynecastle and Walker has gone on to make 175 senior appearances for Hearts in which he has scored 40 goals. Walker was a member of the Hearts side which won the Ladbrokes Championship in 2014/2015 while last season the winger was named the supporters’ Player of the Year.

Walker is ready to test himself at a more competitive level and a move to a Wigan Athletic side which could be playing Sky Bet Championship football next term looks to be a good option.

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