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Rumor: Atlanta United interested in signing Hearts winger

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Could the club’s new connections in Scotland already pay dividends?

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Atlanta United reportedly have their sights set on bringing in a winger and could be looking to the Scottish Premiership to do so. According to Daily Record, Hearts winger Jake Mulraney is an option the Five Stripes are considering signing to fill this need.

Mulraney, 23, arrived at Hearts in the summer of 2018 from Inverness and has notched a handful of goals and assists while appearing consistently for the club. He’s also appeared for the Ireland U21, U19 and U17 youth national teams.

According to the report, Frank de Boer has identified this position as an area to bring reinforcements in and the Irish winger is high on the list of potential signings compiled by Carlos Bocanegra.

The link to a player from the SPL is interesting considering the club recently began a partnership with Aberdeen FC that would see the Scottish side share scouting resources with Atlanta. Whether this potential signing is a result of that network bearing fruit already or a coincidence is unknown.

The article reckons that Mulraney would cost around £200,000 if a transfer we to be agreed. With the departure of Justin Meram into MLS Free Agency, the club are in need of a winger and the potential price tag would likely fit into the budget Atlanta are looking to spend on someone who might not be a guaranteed starter every week.