Hearts and Ipswich Town are battling it out for striker Conor Washington.

The 27-year-old is a free agent after leaving Sheffield United at the end of the season, as per a report by the Edinburgh Evening News.

Washington, who is a Northern Ireland international with 20 caps to his name, is weighing up his options this summer.

Scottish Premiership side Hearts are in the hunt for a new striker and see him as someone who could lead their attack next season.

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They will have to face competition from Ipswich Town though who are hoping to keep Washington in the Football League. Paul Lambert’s side are keen on a couple more signings ahead of their upcoming League One campaign.

Washington joined Sheffield United on a one-year deal last summer and was part of their side who won promotion to the Premier League under Chris Wilder last season. However, he failed to score in 16 appearances in all competitions for the Blades.

The Kent-born forward started his career in non-league with St Ives Town before joining Newport County in 2012. He spent two years at Rodney Parade prior to his move to Peterborough United.

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Washington was a hit for the Posh and scored 33 goals in 94 games for the London Road club. QPR paid a fee of around £2.5 million to land him in January 2016.

He bagged 14 times in 98 appearances before his switch to Sheffield United. Washington is now looking forward to the next chapter of his career.

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