Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Bryson admits he would welcome a move to Hearts should it come about.
Killie have amassed a large amount of debt this season and could be forced to sell their prize assets to lower the deficit.
Bryson would certainly fall under that category having become one of the hottest young talents in Scottish football during an impressive campaign at Rugby Park.
And the 23-year-old admits he would be more inclined to join Hearts knowing that former Killie boss Jim Jefferies is in charge.
Bryson insists he has heard nothing of Hearts' reported interest but was far from dismissive when asked if his future lies elsewhere.
"I haven't heard anything about Hearts' interest," he told the Daily Record.
"We will see what happens but I played under Jim Jefferies at Killie and he liked me so we'll wait and see if anything materialises over the summer.
"Jim signed me from Clyde and gave me my chance in the SPL and I'm grateful to him for that.
"I enjoyed working under him at Kilmarnock and wouldn't mind working under him again."
Bryson has come on leaps and bounds since being handed the captain's armband by Killie boss Jimmy Calderwood.
He admits, though, that his aspirations stand much higher, further fuelling rumours that he is set to leave the club.
"Every player has ambitions to play at the highest level and I'm no different," he said.
"We'll just wait and see if an offer comes in but I'm happy at Killie just now."