Hearts sign Brazilian defender Igor Rossi Branco

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Hearts have completed the signing of Brazilian centre-back Igor Rossi Branco on an one-year deal.

The 26-year-old left-sided defender joins on a free transfer from Portuguese side Maritimo, subject to international clearance.

Igor Rossi Branco starred for Maritimo last season. Pic: Getty

Igor Rossi Branco starred for Maritimo last season. Pic: Getty

Branco started his career at Brazilian side Internacional before moving to Madeira in 2011. He played 24 times for the Primeira Division side during his four years in Portugal.

The 6ft 2ins stopper could make his first appearance in a Hearts shirt this Sunday against Everton in a pre-season friendly at Tynecastle.