Hearts deal for Canadian kid Dario Zanatta

Dario Zanatta can play in midfield or up front
Dario Zanatta can play in midfield or up front
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CANADIAN youth internationalist Dario Zanatta has joined Hearts on a two-year contract, the Evening News can reveal.

The 18-year-old midfielder arrived on trial last month and has now completed a permanent move to Edinburgh. He and joins the under-20 squad at Riccarton. A forward or midfielder, Zanatta spent time on trial at both IFK Gothenburg and Ipswich Town earlier this year. He came to Hearts in mid-July and played as a trialist in first-team friendlies against Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath.

After impressing head coach Robbie Neilson and under-20 coach Jack Ross, he agreed a deal which took some time to process due to paperwork. With Zanatta now officially on board, Neilson is assessing 22-year-old Wilson Carvalho. The winger played and scored for Hearts Under-20s in their opening SPFL Development League game against Rangers on Tuesday, which ended 2-2.

Carvalho is a wide player with impressive pace, who has played at Fulham, Port Vale and Stevenage. He is expected to remain on trial at Hearts for the rest of the week while Neilson and his coaching staff decide if he should stay longer.

Meanwhile, teenage forward Alistair Roy has joined East Stirlingshire on a development loan until January. The 18-year-old made two competitive appearances for Hearts last season and will still play for his parent club’s under-20s while on loan at the League Two side.

Another teenager, Liam Henderson, joined Stenhousemuir on a development loan last month. He too can play at under-20 level for Hearts.