Former Hearts hero Uche Ikpeazu wanted for SPFL return years after Celtic and Rangers links

Former Hearts hero Uche Ikpeazu is wanted by St Johnstone
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Former Hearts hero Uche Ikpeazu could make a shock return to the Scottish Premiership this summer.

The powerhouse forward will become a free agent when his contract with EFL League Two side Port Vale expires next month. And multiple reports suggest Craig Levein is keen to be reunited with the ex-Jambos fans' favourite at St Johnstone. Ikpeazu worked under Levein at Tynecastle and spent two years at the club before joining Wycombe Wanderers in August 2020.

The journeyman attacker later sealed a £1million move to Middlesbrough before stints at Cardiff City, Konyaspor and the Valiants. Now, the Uganda international - who has been called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Botswana and Algeria on June 7 and June 10 - is on the lookout for the 14th club of his career and could be offered a route back to Scotland at McDiarmid Park.

Levein is keen to bolster his frontline after Saints' ended the Premiership campaign as the top-flight's joint-lowest scorers. And while Ikpeazu has never been prolific, the muscly striker would compliment Adama Sidibeh, Benji Kimpioka and Nicky Clark by adding pace and power to the Perthshire club's attacking options.

Ikpeazu penned a one-year deal with Port Vale last summer but scored just once in 26 appearances as they were relegated to England's fourth tier. However, the 29-year-old made a big impact during his time at Hearts and the bulldozer's impressive form even saw him linked with moves to Celtic and Rangers.