Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has admitted he expects Ghanaian midfielder Laryea Kingston to quit the Scottish club at the end of the season.
Kingston is among the three players Laszlo expects to follow Christophe Berra’s lead by leaving with Andrew Driver and David Obua as the other two.
Following Berra’s Ã‚Â£2.3million switch to Wolves, Laszlo confessed he doesn’t expect a number of other leading players to stay at the Gorgie club beyond the summer.
There also remains the possibilities of a more immediate sale to a Russian club, with their transfer window not closing until next month.
Driver was the subject of enquiries from Coventry City during January but a move to the Championship didn’t materialise for the winger.
Laszlo, though, will attempt to undertake an overhaul of his squad in the close season, when he believes key men could earn big-money transfers out of Hearts through their performances.
“In the summer, we would like to build a new team because contracts will run out and players will leave us,” said Laszlo.
“We must look at who goes. In the summer, I think players like Andy Driver, Larry Kingston, David Obua and others, if they perform well, will have the possibility to move.
“We must look at who moves from the club and who stays, so the rest of this season is very important for us.
“If the progress is the same as the last six months, and we are in the top six and maybe go far in the Scottish Cup, we can decide much easier about which players we hold and which direction we go in.
“We want a good mixture of young and experienced players at Hearts.”
Laszlo had hoped club owner Vladimir Romanov would shell out the cash to land a replacement for Scotland cap Berra, but his leading target, Pavol Farkas, remained with Slovakian club Artmedia Bratislava when the transfer window closed on Monday.