HEARTS SECURE TWO SIGNINGS
-Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach has joined on loan-
The new Hearts manager, Neil Alexander, has today announced his first two signings. First, veteran midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has joined on a free transfer after being released by Birmingham, secondly talented young winger Adam Reach has joined on a season long loan from Middlesbrough costing £14,500 per month.
Hearts have brought in a highly experienced footballer in Papa Bouba Diop, he will be able to help the young squad to develop and will add depth Alexander's midfield. Diop played for 9 teams in 6 different leagues before joining Hearts, from Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League, to Fulham and Portsmouth in the English Premier League.
"Diop is a very talented, and very experienced member of our squad," Alexander explained at the unveiling of his transfer. "I am happy to have the opportunity to welcome him to the club and I hope that, not only will he be able to do a job for us on the pitch, but can help us off the pitch too. I will be making use of his knowledge and experience and I will want him to teach a thing or two to the younger players that we have."
Alexander's second singing is that off young Englishman Adam Reach, on a season long loan deal from Middlesbrough. Adam Reach is a strong and pacey winger and will provide contest down the left side of the pitch. The loan deal will cost Hearts £14,500 per month, the deal will also his wages being payed in full by the club and he may be recalled at any time.
"He [Reach] has a lot of talent. I have watched him play and he excites me, he has a bright future. Hopefully he can unleash his talent for us. He is very physical and I like that about wingers, I believe that he will be crucial to our season."
As a club that have only recently exited administration Alexander will have to tread carefully with any money that he is given to spend and will need to use it wisely if he is to keep the finances growing, and with friendlies coming up thick and fast it looks as if there will not be much more transfers heading into Tynecastle.