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Laszlo wants talks as Romanov arrives to decide Berra's future

Angus Wright
HEARTS manager Csaba Laszlo hopes to meet club owner Vladimir Romanov over the weekend as he tries to finalise his squad plans for the remainder of the campaign.
The Tynecastle coach has insisted he is in the dark over talk of a £2million bid from Wolves for skipper Christophe Berra, however the Scotland defender expected to be in the side for today's Clydesdale Bank Premier League trip to New Douglas Park.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has accused Hearts of trying to spark an auction for Berra. The Coca-Cola Championship leaders have reportedly seen a £2million bid knocked back, which is thought to be £1million less than would be accepted.

McCarthy insists he had no idea Wolves' offer had been knocked back and suggested Hearts were playing games over the matter.

He told his club's official website: "We've bid for Berra but, as I said the other night, I didn't know anything until it was supposedly announced that it had been turned down – we didn't hear that!

"I'm not sure why it was made public. Maybe it's one of those situations where they want someone to pay more and alert other clubs to it.

"But if they don't want to do it then fine, we move on."

He added: "If anyone else is interested, go on, let's have an auction. We don't want to do business like that.

"My interest wouldn't wane just because of that, but we're not going to get involved in any auction."

McCarthy denied Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey had sanctioned an improved bid, saying: "Not to my knowledge. Jez is dealing with it anyway, which he does. It's not moved any further."

As well as the uncertainty over Berra, Laszlo also remains uncertain as to whether he will be given the go-ahead to sign a striker ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

He is aware the possibility remains he may face losing one of his top players, with Andrew Driver, Laryea Kingston and Michael Stewart joining Berra in being linked with possible moves away from the club.

However, he insists dealing with such unwanted departures are part of his job.

He added: "My plan is definitely to bring this team to a higher level and to bring the players to a higher level. If it is possible to sell a player and to get a new player, this is normal in my job as a manager."

The former Uganda and Ferencvaros manager is keen to ensure the focus remains on the pitch against an in-form Hamilton Accies side he described as "dangerous" after watching their win 1-0 against Kilmarnock on Sunday.

He said: "We must concentrate on the Hamilton game; it will definitely be a very difficult game.

"I was at Kilmarnock last Sunday to watch their game and I have a lot of information about their team.

"But it is a big possibility to take points because afterwards we have Falkirk in the cup and then games against Aberdeen and St Mirren. We must show power, character and we must get the points."

Taken from the Scotsman

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