Danny Amankwaa heading for Edinburgh to complete Hearts move

Danny Amankwaa is a former Denmark Under-21 internationalist
Danny Amankwaa is a former Denmark Under-21 internationalist
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Danish winger Danny Amankwaa will jet into Edinburgh on Thursday aiming to complete a move to Hearts as Esmael Goncalves heads for a medical in Uzbekistan.

Tynecastle officials reached a deal with Amankwaa’s club, FC Copenhagen, to bring him to Scotland. They also have an agreement in place to sell Goncalves to Pakhtakor Tashkent in a move worth £300,000.

Amankwaa, 23, is expected to undergo a medical at Riccarton before the weekend as the Hearts manager Craig Levein tries to further improve his squad. With Jamie Walker sold to Wigan Athletic and Goncalves headed for Pakhtakor, there is scope to strengthen in attacking areas.

Amankwaa is a Danish youth internationalist of Ghanaian descent who previously had a spell on trial with Chelsea. He suffered injury problems in Denmark and could secure a fresh start to his career in Scotland.

Walker’s departure to Wigan leaves Hearts short of wingers and Amankwaa can play on the left flank or the right.

Talks regarding Goncalves’ move accelerated tonight, with Pakhtakor having put together a proposal which could earn Hearts £300,000.

The Portuguese forward was signed from the Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta last January for £170,000, however he will be allowed to leave provided he passes a medical in Uzbekistan. He is was not part of Levein’s squad for tonight’s 3-0 win against Hamilton.

Asked about the impending moves, Levein remained coy: “I can’t really say anything about Isma. He is still part of the squad at the moment. Will he be at the weekend? I don’t know.

“With Danny, we are interested and we have spoken to his club so you can take what you like from that. But I am not going to say anything else until something is done.”

Ross Callachan, David Milinkovic and Dario Zanatta all scored in the second half at Hamilton to stretch Hearts’ unbeaten run to 11 matches, complete with eight consecutive clean sheets.

“I felt the first goal would be critical and I didn’t feel we were under much pressure,” commented Levein. “I hoped we would get it and then I was confident we would get more, but that first goal was critical.

“We had to grind it out but we can do that, as you know. It wasn’t a night for great football. Once we got in front, yes, we were better, but Hamilton is not an easy place to come and win. We know that through experience.

“So to get the three points and get three goals without Esma and Kyle Lafferty, who have scored most of our goals, was quite pleasing for me.”

The Hamilton manager Martin Canning bemoaned mistakes from his players which contributed to Hearts’ goals.

“I didn’t see that coming. I thought we were the better team but it’s the same old, same old. Crazy mistakes are costing us,” he said. “It’s hard to believe some of the mistakes we made but we need to get our head down and keep working.

“I thought we would win the game. I wasn’t even thinking about a point but individual mistakes are costing us dear. What do I do to address that? Ideally, take the guys out the team but that’s not a luxury we have right now because we have injuries.”