Hearts have agreed terms to sign former Manchester United full-back Adam Eckersley until the end of the season, the Evening News can reveal.
Tynecastle officials were today working to finalise the deal and have the 28-year-old registered as the club’s 11th summer signing. Eckersley arrived at Riccarton on trial last week and has impressed the Hearts management team with his fitness and performances in training. He is available on a free transfer having spent the last six years of his career in Denmark with Horsens and Aarhus.
Head coach Robbie Neilson is keen to reinforce his defence and Eckersley would provide experienced competition in the full-back areas. The former England youth internationalist is predominantly a left-back but can also operate at right-back.
He is expected to challenge Hearts’ first-choice left-back Kevin McHattie in the long term. However, more immediately, he may be used at right-back while Callum Paterson recovers from knee surgery.
Teenager Jordan McGhee has been playing there since the season began and Paterson is expected to be fit by early October. Neilson has enjoyed a busy summer since being appointed in place of Gary Locke in May and has already recruited ten new players, including four goalkeepers.
Eckersley is expected to become the 11th and should be registered before the weekend. Fitness permitting, he could then make a debut against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park on Saturday.