Hearts eyeing Elliott switch

Preston striker set for Scotland switch

Elliott: Hearts target

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Hearts are in talks with Preston striker Stephen Elliott over a move to join the Scottish Premier League side.

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The Republic of Ireland forward has fallen out of favour at Deepdale and was loaned out to Norwich at the end of last season.

The 26-year-old attended the club's pre-season friendly against Blackburn on Saturday and is discussing a move.

A club statement read: "We've been talking to Stephen over the last day or so and will continue to do so over the coming days.

"This has also given him the opportunity to sit down with Jim Jefferies to discuss things."

Captaincy

Meanwhile, Marius Zaliukas has been named club captain for the new season.

Boss Jim Jefferies told Hearts News: "I made Marius captain when I came to the club and he did the job well.

"He has been captain for our pre-season friendlies and will be skipper for the season.

"He is vocal, has a presence about him, is a quality player and a leader."

The defender's contract expires in December but Jefferies added: "There is time yet to talk to him and hopefully we can keep him longer. "