Manchester City win by Aaron Hickey, with Premier League champions lending the Scottish star back to Hearts if City close a transfer in January
- Manchester City faces Premier League rivals for Aaron Hickey's signing
- City says teenager may return on loan to Hearts if secured transfer to January
- Scottish left back has become a key man since his debut in May
- Allowing Hickey to return to Tynecastle is appealing to Boss Craig Levein
Manchester City have pledged to loan Hearts teenager Aaron Hickey back to the Scottish side in an attempt to seal a £ 1.5 million transfer in January.
The English champions are eager to see 17-year-old left-back competition from English Premier League rivals.
Hickey, two-footed, was impressed by his performance in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic at 16, just weeks after his debut, and has since emerged as a key player on the home team.
The willingness to allow Hickey to return to Tynecastle until summer is appealing to manager Craig Levein.
Manchester City stepped up efforts to attract Aaron Hickey by offering Hears a loan deal
The teenager has impressed since his May debut, scoring the winner in a 2-1 win over Hibs.
Hickey's immediate interest in English Premier League teams is apparent under the rules that 25-man teams must include at least eight local players.
To qualify as a homemaker, a player must have spent three years in a club before the age of 21.
With Hickey reaching 18 in June, a January move is set for England's biggest clubs despite ongoing negotiations between Craig Levein and the defender's father over a new contract. Hickey's current contract is 18 months old, with former Celtic club paying 30% of any transfer fee.
And Hearts and City developed a close working relationship, with the Edinburgh team lending to Japanese star Ryotaro Meshino in the summer.
City are also approaching a deal for a second Scottish teenager with Liam Smith, Kilmarnock wing.
Sportsmail understands that the Rugby Park team faces a battle to hold back the coveted 16-year-old with a large number of interested clubs.
Kilmarnock wants to tie the man on the left side to a new deal to avoid losing him for about £ 200,000 in training compensation.
Smith caught the eye of clubs after scoring Scotland's U16 team winner against Malta in a three-team tournament on the Mediterranean island in March
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