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Hearts' plans to sign Brescia striker Marius Stankevicius could have been scuppered after Lithuania manager Algimantas Liubinskas warned the player not to move to Scotland.

The ambitious Edinburgh outfit had been looking to add to their Lithuanian contingent with the purchase of the hit-man, although his national boss has told the star that he is too good to play in The SPL.

Liubinskas also branded the club 'semi-professional' as he urged Stankevicius, who scored four goals in Serie A last term, to ignore the overtures of Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov.

"I met Marius last Tuesday and advised him not to go to Hearts," said Liubinskas.

"I told him it would be bad for him because he's too good a player.

"Marius can play in one of Europe's biggest leagues so either he should stay in Italy or look to Spain, Ukraine or Russia.

"I told him he shouldn't go to Scotland.

"What worries me is that I've heard the training isn't very good at Hearts.

"I know they are about to have a new manager but I've heard that under the previous one there wasn't enough work done in training.

"It was semi-professional, one session in the morning and that was it."

As Hearts continue their search for a new boss after John Robertson's departure, with both Lothar Matthaus and George Burley in contention, former Parma manager Nevio Scala has reiterated his interest in the vacant post.

"In my heart I know I want the job - it's just a case of being available and patient," said Scala.

"Hearts are not just thinking about the immediate future so it's a big decision for them.

"There are a number of things to talk about and both sides are still free to decide for themselves.

"Important decisions have to be made so we have this week to think things over."