Hearts aim to Sow up deal for trialist Osman

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Hearts will hold talks with Osman Sow’s representatives after the Swedish trialist impressed in Saturday’s win over East Fife. Sow, 24, scored in the 3-0 win and head coach Robbie Neilson believes he offers the pace and physical presence Hearts want in attack.

Midfielder Prince Buaben, who also scored at the weekend, is due to complete a one-year contract to become Neilson’s sixth summer signing. Sow could be next on the list following a fine trial appearance in Methil.

The 6ft 4in forward arrived in Edinburgh on Friday night and started beside Gary Oliver in attack against East Fife. His pace, ball control and link-up play had already stood out before he scored Hearts’ third goal in the second half. As East Fife goalkeeper Allan Fleming took a heavy touch to control a backpass, Sow showed excellent reactions and speed to close in and slide the ball into the net off Fleming’s toe.

Neilson is now planning to speak with the player’s agent to determine what kind of deal would be required to bring him to Tynecastle permanently. He is available as a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace and has previously played in Sweden and Moldova.

“We’re looking to get a bit of physical presence up there. Sow brings physical presence, he brings ability and he brings real electric pace. I thought he did well on Saturday so we’ll continue to assess him,” Neilson told the Evening News.

“Scoring will help his relationship with the players and fans. You can see already that he’s a good player. That’s one of the reasons we brought him in. It’s easy to pick someone up who is just a big lump who gets flick ons. We’re looking for somebody better than that and hopefully we’ve got that.

“It was good for him to get a goal. People might say he didn’t really need to do a lot to get it but he still showed blistering pace and a great reaction to get there. He pressed the goalkeeper really quickly. It would’ve been easy for him to take the foot off the gas and let the keeper clear the ball.”

Although he didn’t manage a league appearance during his year at Crystal Palace, Neilson believes the time spent in London can help the player. “He’s played in a few countries, including England, so he knows the physicality of the British game,” he added.