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Cash-strapped Hearts open to offers for all players

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 13 Jun 2013


The entire Hearts squad has been put up for a sale as the club desperately attempts to generate some much-needed revenue.

The Scottish Premier League club face an uncertain future due to their current financial plight, with Hearts reported to owe 15 million pounds to main creditor Ukio Bankas and 10 million pounds to parent company UBIG.

Ukio Bankas and their sister company UBIG own a 79 per cent stake in Hearts, who warned fans on Thursday to expect players to leave Tynecastle over the coming months as officials battle to keep the club afloat.

A statement from the club read: “Due to recent unexpected circumstances away from Tynecastle, the club is now experiencing a shortfall in funding.

“This shortfall, due to recent uncertainty, has created a significant noticeable blockage in projected revenue streams for the club.

“While this hesitation is understandable it is unwittingly damaging the club’s current efforts to improve its financial situation including current payments to HMRC and raising doubts over future payments to players and staff.

“It is now crucial to the football club that we find a solution to bring in enough finance to allow us to trade into the new season when normal trading can resume with the benefit of SPL and game-related income streams.

“The payments to HMRC and players/staff salaries are the most important issues in our focus these days where very limited time remains available to the club.

“However given that the revenues for season tickets has dried up and no other realistic income is available quickly enough, the club will consider offers for the players of the current squad, including the most promising talent in order for the most necessary and important payments to be made.

“The board had planned to bring income in through the sale of players while considering the financial forecast for next season but now this will need to happen much earlier in order to preserve the business.

“We understand that this will lead to significant on-field pressure but at all times we must consider the health of the club and preserve it for future generations.”


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