Hearts hope to have Prince Buaben signed within a few days as talks continue with the Ghanaian midfielder and his agent.
Head coach Robbie Neilson wants Buaben to improve his fitness but is keen in principle to make him the sixth new recruit at Tynecastle this summer.
Buaben played 27 minutes of last night’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park. He featured in Sunday’s win over Dinamo Bucharest at Leigh Sports Village after agreeing to join Hearts on trial.
Neilson has already brought Morgaro Gomis, James Keatings, Soufian El Hassnaoui, Neil Alexander and Alim Ozturk to Hearts since his appointment as head coach in May. Buaben, 26, could be the sixth signing if Neilson gets his way.
“If it’s possible, I’d like him in,” the head coach told the Evening News. “He’s a good player and a good type to have. We’ll try and get something done but it’s not concrete yet. These things are about dealing with people and dealing with him as well. It will take a few days.”
Should a deal be completed for the former Dundee United midfielder, it will not necessarily signal the end of Hearts’ summer recruitment drive. Neilson is keen to bring in more new faces to improve the strength and depth of his squad.
“There is still room for more. We’re always looking for good players,” he said.
Grant Gillespie’s header in the final minute decided last night’s friendly, during which Hearts full-back Callum Paterson took a knock on his knee. Neilson reported that it is not a serious problem.
“Callum is fine. I think he just landed awkwardly on the astroturf at the time and that’s what caused it, but he’s okay.”