Zaliukas and Nade primed for action with new clubs

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TWO ex-Hearts players were in the frame to make their debuts for new clubs today, with Marius Zaliukas close to agreeing a deal with Leeds United and Christian Nade finalising his move to East Fife.

Zaliukas, Hearts’ 2012 Scottish Cup-winning captain, has been on trial with Leeds over the past week and Elland Road manager Brian McDermott hinted yesterday that a deal was imminent and that the Lithuanian could be pitched into today’s Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield.

“We’re trying to do a deal with Marius and we’re close to a contract,” McDermott said. Asked if Zaliukas could be involved today, the Leeds boss said: “We’ll have to see. Possibly.”

Zaliukas, who has been a free agent since his six-year spell at Tynecastle came to an end in the summer, said: “Leeds is a good place, a good team and a good league. It would be a challenge.”

Nade, meanwhile, is in line to make his East Fife debut against Rangers today after finalising a deal with the League One side yesterday.

The Frenchman, 29, had verbally agreed in the summer to join the ambitious Fifers but no contract was signed as he was due to undergo surgery on a knee problem sustained at his last club, Samut Songkhram of Thailand. Now fit and ready for action, Nade has officially put pen to paper at Bayview.