Hearts seal deal for Bournemouth's James Hill as several new signings line up at Tynecastle

Bournemouth’s James Hill has completed a loan move to Hearts as the Edinburgh club reinforce their defence following Craig Halkett’s season-ending injury.

Negotiations for the 20-year-old centre-back concluded this evening and the player completed the paperwork in Edinburgh before being unveiled by Hearts tonight. An England Under-21 internationalist, Hill joined Bournemouth from Fleetwood Town 12 months ago for a fee reportedly in excess of £1million. He has struggled to cement a regular place in coach Gary O’Neil’s starting line-up and opted to leave on loan.

Hearts need a replacement for Halkett after his campaign was ended prematurely by ligament damage sustained at Dundee United on Christmas Eve. Hill fits the bill as an aggressive central defender with the technical ability to distribute the ball.

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Other English clubs had also made enquiries about the player, but the Evening News revealed earlier today that Hearts were in pole position to capture him on a short-term loan until the summer.

Tynecastle officials are also putting the final touches to another loan agreement for Newcastle United’s teenage striker Garang Kuol. He has agreed to move to Edinburgh just days after joining United in a permanent transfer from Australian club Central Coast Mariners.

Kuol needs first-team experience after representing his country at World Cup 2022 in Qatar. He could be in line for a debut in maroon against St Mirren on Friday evening, fitness and registration permitting.

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The Japanese forward Yutaro Oda is also due to complete a transfer to Gorgie. Hearts will pay his club, Vissel Kobe, a six-figure development fee. Talks regarding bringing Callum Paterson back north from Sheffield Wednesday are continuing in the background.

James Hill has joined Hearts on loan from Bournemouth. Picture: Hearts FC
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Bournemouth's James Hill.