After a few weeks without any signings to start the transfer window, Heart of Midlothian look set to make up for lost time.
Recent arrivals include goalkeeper Michael McGovern from Norwich City on a free transfer and midfielder Calem Nieuwenhof from Western Sydney Wanderers as Steven Naismith prepares his side for the new season.
Frankie Kent could soon be the third player to arrive at Tynecastle after his bid for the defender was accepted by Peterborough United, but Naismith is also set to push ahead with a bid to sign Jamie McGrath.
Could Hearts sign Jamie McGrath?
Earlier this month, The Daily Record reported that Hearts were considering a move for McGrath during the transfer window in a bid to bolster their attacking options.
With just one year left on his current contract, Naismith may be able to submit an offer to Wigan Athletic in the hope that he accepts, especially as this could be the last chance for them to bring the player decent pay.
He knows the Premiership well, having had stints at both St Mirren and Dundee United, enjoying a loan spell at Tannadice last season and the 5ft 9in gem could turn into a sound investment.
How did Jamie McGrath fare last season?
Although the Arabs were relegated from the Premiership following a dismal campaign, the Irishman was arguably their only shining spark.
He managed to register 12 goal contributions in all competitions while demonstrating his creative ability by ranking first in the squad for big chances created (five) and key passes per game (1.6) and should he join the Edinburgh squad, Naismith could forge a wonderful midfield partnership between himself and newcomer Nieuwenhof.
The Aussie tends to operate in a defensive midfield role, controlling play from deep, which could give McGrath a lot more freedom as he’s usually deployed right behind the striker.
The 22-year-old had a fine season in the A-League in 2022/23 as he displayed his impressive passing skills, ranking fifth on his team in accurate passes per game (41.4) while completing 0.8 key passes per game, showing that even though he was playing from a mostly deep position he was still capable of creating a few forward passes.
It bodes well if he continues to play behind McGrath, and his defensive ability will also be key for any potential partnership to shine. The Aussie ranked first in the Western Sydney squad in tackles per game (3.4) as he showed his tenacious side and that will stand him in good stead due to the physical nature of Scottish football.
McGrath could enjoy immense freedom further up the pitch knowing full well that Nieuwenhof roams behind him, sweeping away any danger with ease.
Much was expected of the 26-year-old when he joined the Latics from St Mirren, with journalist Josh Bunting being lyrical about the midfielder.
He said“Jamie McGrath is a sensational signing for Wigan Athletic, I think he’s one of the best signings of the window, I really liked him while he was at Dundalk, good on the ball, aggressive and direct and has a really good shot, he’ll score belts at DW I’m sure.”
It hasn’t quite gone to plan since then for McGrath, making just four appearances for his current side, and Naismith could offer him a fresh start if he lures the player north of the border this summer.