Hearts and Wigan ‘miles apart’ after second bid for Callum Paterson is turned down



Hearts and Wigan are ‘miles apart’ in their valuation of Callum Paterson after the Tynecastle club rejected a second improved bid for the defender.

A week after Gary Caldwell’s English Championship outfit had an offer in the region of £500,000 turned down, Wigan returned with a second bid but Hearts have again rejected their advances.

Hearts officials have indicated that there is little chance of a deal being concluded between the two parties as things stand, with the clubs said to be ‘miles apart’ in their estimation of the 21-year-old’s worth.

callumpatersonEven though the Scotland right-back, who was included in Gordon Strachan’s squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier in Malta, only has a year to run on his contract, Hearts value the player at closer to £1 million

Neilson, speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, said: “He’s a Scotland international, he’s played 150 games here and he scores goals from right-back.

“Unless an offer comes in that we feel is acceptable, he’ll be staying here. It’s up to a team to come in and make an acceptable offer.

“Ten or 15 years ago, any offer that came in we’d have to take it. We’re in a great position now financially so we can keep a hold of our assets.

“I don’t think Callum is unsettled by it. Although he’s young, he’s an experienced boy. He’s played for Scotland, he’s played a lot for Hearts and he’s mature enough to know these things happen in football.”