Hearts are in talks with Wigan Athletic to sign midfielder Jack Byrne as part of a potential swap deal with Jamie Walker according to Edinburgh Evening News.

Hearts are keen to get a deal done for Byrne, who is on loan at Oldham Athletic until the end of the month. He can play as a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder or a winger.

The 21-year-old was born in Dublin and is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationalist. He is prepared to move to Scotland to further his career. He came through the youth academy at Manchester City and, after loan spells at Cambuur and Blackburn Rovers, joined Wigan in January this year on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He agreed a short-term loan move to Oldham in August.

Byrne is one of several signing targets for the Edinburgh club and negotiations with Wigan about a January move have begun. Walker could go the other way for a fee in the region of £300,000.

But Hearts will face competition for Jack Byrne as he told Manchester Evening News that he would like to stay at Oldham after his loan spell expires.

“Of course I’d like to stay and continue playing, but it’s between the two clubs to come to a solution. It’s out of my control so I’m not stressing about it.”

“I’m playing really well and I love the clubs and the fans. It’s a great dressing room, I’m scoring goals and playing 90 minutes most weeks, so I’m enjoying it.”

Byrne has been Oldham’s key man this season making 22 appearances in all competitions for the club. He has managed to scored seven times for the club as well as having five assists for Richie Wellens’s side. Byrne is set for his last appearance for Oldham against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.


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