Done deal: Hearts sign Luton Town midfielder Olly Lee

Hearts have completed their fifth summer signing with the capture of Luton Town midfielder Olly Lee.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 11:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 3:20 pm
Olly Lee is ready to don the Hearts shirt next season after joining from Luton Town. Pic: Heart of Midlothian FC

The 26-year-old has signed a pre-contract and agreed a three-year deal at Tynecastle Park. He joins winger Jake Mulraney, midfielder Bobby Burns, plus strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean as new arrivals ahead of next season.

Lee, the son of former Newcastle United and England midfielder Robert, rejected the chance of a new deal at Luton to move to Edinburgh after holding talks with the Hearts manager Craig Levein. He also watched last week's derby victory over Hibs.

"I’m delighted to be a Hearts player. This is a massive club and I’ve known for a couple of weeks that this is potentially happening so to finally get it done is brilliant," Lee told the club website.

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"It’s a huge club. I saw the training ground and the stadium here is brilliant. To come to the [Hibs] game and see the atmosphere, the fans really sold it for me.

"Craig Levein has been massive, he’s been very enthusiastic about next season and I can’t wait to get started. He's been brilliant. He’s the key reason for selling the club to me."

Lee is confident Hearts can improve upon this season's sixth-place Premiership finish. "We’re just looking to kick on. Obviously they said sixth isn’t the best finish for Hearts but we’ll be [aiming] for top four and hopefully to win something," he added.

"That’s why I came here. I’m used to winning games and I’m looking forward to doing that in the SPFL now."

Lee helped Luton gain promotion to England's League One this season, playing 43 games and scoring seven goals. He earned a reputation down south as a cultured passer of the ball and was previously on the books at West Ham United, Birmingham City and Barnet.