Belgian football coach Paul Put is in talks with Accra Hearts of Oak in line with taking over from Portuguese coach Sergio Traguil who has recently been demoted to the Accra based team's junior rank Auroras.

Negotiations for the recruitment of the former Burkina Faso tactician are reported to have begun before the appointment of Traguil who has run out of favour with the club after a string of undesirable results.

Hearts of Oak were in talks with Paul Put and Serbian coach Kosta Papi over the role with the latter being the favourite for the job.

The club however abandoned both CVs for the Portuguese trainer after the club's board chairman Togbe Afede opted for Traguil.

With the demotion of Sergio Traguil, Hearts of Oak have entered into talks with the Belgian in a bid to continue from where they left off and bring the experienced coach to the side.

Paul Put prior to his appointment as Burkina Faso head coach in 2012 managed the Gambian national team between 2008 and 2011.

Put is however not left without a dent on his reputation as he was banned for three years after his alleged involvement in the infamous Ye Zheyun match-fixing scandal.

After leaving his role at Burkina Faso in 2015, the 60 year old became manager of Jordan that same year.

Put however resigned from his position with the Jordan national team early this year after a two-week suspension by the Jordan Football Association in December leaving him without a club.

Hearts of Oak is currently being managed by assistant coach Yaw Preko who is serving as interim manager after Sergio Traguil's demotion.

By Musah Abelyire/