HEARTS director of football Craig Levein has confirmed that the club are looking to add four new players to their ranks ahead of their Premiership return next term.

The Tynecastle side are keen to complete a deal to bring Queen of the South striker Gavin Reilly to Gorgie before the squad report back for pre-season training next Friday.

The versatile forward, who netted 15 goals for the Dumfries outfit last season, has agreed terms on a move, however the clubs remain locked in talks regarding a development fee for the player.

Hearts have also been linked with moves for Nigerian international defender Juwon Oshaniwa and Croatia Under-21 starlet Niko Datkovic, with defensive reinforcements remaining a top priority.

Adam Eckersley, Danny Wilson, Brad McKay, Jason Holt, Genero Zeefuik and James Keatings have all departed Tynecastle, however Levein has warned supporters not to expect a massive influx of new faces.

Former Scotland boss Levein, using his twitter account to update supporters, explained: "Football department working hard to improve the squad. Four new players required.

"Until players are registered we won't announce anything. Deals can fall apart up until then."

Levein also confirmed they would be looking to add five players to their Development squad - and they made their first summer swoop yesterday after snapping up Alloa Athletic youngster Russell McLean.

The 16-year-old, who stands at 6ft 4in, joins the club following a successful trial period towards the tail end of last season and will join up with Jack Ross' youth side next term.

Head coach Robbie Neilson added: "Russell is a good size, he's got good feet and is a good finisher - and he's got a great attitude as well.

"It is a good opportunity for him to come in and work hard, and hopefully play a part with Hearts."