Dundee United remain in the hunt for Conor Sammon despite Hearts boss Ian Cathro playing down the prospect of any deal.
Cathro claimed that “nothing” had been happening behind the scenes but the Tangerines have approached the Jam Tarts with a view to taking the Irishman to Tannadice on an emergency loan.
United remain hopeful that they will get he striker and are awaiting word back from Tynecastle.
When asked about Sammon’s situation, Cathro insisted: “There is nothing there.
“I can probably understand it from their (United’s) point of view.
“If that’s the type of player they are looking for, then OK.”
That wasn’t exactly a clear denial and the word from Tannadice is that the door remains open to Sammon if the chooses to make the switch.
It has been tough for him at Tynecastle of late, with the boo-boys targeting him during the draw with Partick Thistle on Saturday.
He even received ironic cheers when he won a header after coming on as a half-time substitute.
But Cathro has not felt the need to build up his confidence this week.
The Hearts manager said: “If that’s a weak player, then it’s hard. If it’s Conor, then it’s fine.
“He’s a strong player, he’s a very focused guy, he is a top professional. His work every single day has been exemplary.
“There is no out-call for him to need support, because, trust me, he is fine. He is a strong guy and an important player.
“He has trained very well. Everyone has done good work this morning, Conor being one of them. Strong people are OK.”