Hearts plan to sign another two goalkeepers for this season, manager Craig Levein revealed today.
The American trialist Kevin Silva is poised to join the reserve squad, with Levein seeking another keeper to challenge Zdenek Zlamal in the first team.
Silva has convinced Levein he deserves a contract after featuring in three first-team pre-season friendlies. The 20-year-old played at college level in America but will be offered a deal to stay in Europe, albeit at reserve level.
He would be Hearts’ 12th signing of the summer but Levein is already targeting more. He also wants a back-up keeper to compete with Zlamal at first-team level.
“I think we will be keeping Kevin,” he confirmed to the Evening News. “We need a younger goalkeeper for the reserves so I’m going to keep him. He will compete with Kelby Mason in the reserve team, and we will be bringing another goalkeeper in at first-team level.
“I don’t have anybody in place yet. I’m going to try and do that next week. I’m looking at a couple of things but nobody is a definite at this moment.”
Silva arrived at Riccarton on trial three weeks ago hoping to secure a move to Europe having played with several different American universities. He featured in friendlies against Arbroath, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South and will now be offered a permanent contract.
Levein has already recruited 11 players for the 2018/19 campaign. Zlamal, Peter Haring, Ben Garuccio, Olly Lee, Oliver Bozanic, Bobby Burns, Ryan Edwards, Jake Mulraney, Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean are all permanent signings.
Steven Naismith became the 11th arrival last week when he completed a season-long loan move from Norwich City. Hearts have also captured the Czech forward David Vanecek on a pre-contract agreement. He will arrive in January unless a quick transfer can be agreed with his club, FK Teplice.