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Burton set to let Liam Boyce leave if a new contract isn't agreed amid Hearts interest

Liam Boyce has scored seven League One goals so far this season.
Liam Boyce has scored seven League One goals so far this season.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has admitted he may be forced to let Liam Boyce leave the club this month.

The Northern Ireland striker is understood to be on the radar of Scottish Premiership side Hearts, among others, and with his current contract running out this summer, Clough knows that the player holds all the aces.

Boyce signed a three year deal when he joined the Brewers in 2017 and has scored 21 league goals since his arrival.

However, with the club still in League One and in the middle of a tight battle for promotion, the former Cliftonville forward has yet to commit his future.

The boss is now indicating that the uncertainty will be resolved one way or another this month.

"We have had interest from a few clubs in Liam leading up to the window opening," said Clough.

"Him and Scott Fraser are the two and we are in the process of trying to sort out contract offers for them in the next few days and we will take it from there.

“We are mindful that both players can leave on a free in the summer. If they sign new deals, then brilliant, if they don’t, we will look at offers.

“We want to try and keep them if we can, but we know the limitations that we have in trying to do that.”

If Hearts do get their man, they'll be buying a striker in form, with Boyce netting four goals in as many games over the Christmas period.

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