Hearts sign Romanian defender Mihai Popescu as player faces two-week quarantine in Scotland

Mihai Popescu has signed a two-year deal with Hearts.Mihai Popescu has signed a two-year deal with Hearts.
Mihai Popescu has signed a two-year deal with Hearts.
Deal done for Dinamo Bucharest centre-back

Hearts have completed the signing of Romanian defender Mihai Popescu from Dinamo Bucharest on a two-year contract.

Once international clearance arrives, the player will head to Scotland but must self-isolate for 14 days upon his arrival due to Covid 19 rules.

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Tynecastle officials agreed a deal with Dinamo last night to secure Popescu’s signature on a free transfer despite his contract running until next summer.

Hearts announced his arrival in a statement which read: “Hearts have completed the transfer of Romanian defender Mihai Popescu from Dinamo Bucuresti.

“The 27-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Jambos and will soon fly to Edinburgh to begin life as a Hearts player, subject to international clearance.

“As per Government Covid-19 guidelines, Mihail will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Scotland before he can start training with his new teammates.

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“Standing at 6ft 2ins tall, the big defender started his professional career with Dinamo in 2013, enjoying loan spells at a handful of Romanian clubs including Voluntari, whom he won the Romanian Supercup with in 2017.

“He spent the second half of season 2018/19 in Scotland after joining St Mirren on loan. It was a successful spell for the centre-half after he helped defeat Dundee United in the Premiership play-off, thus ensuring the Paisley side’s top-flight status.

“Last season Mihai played 27 games for Dinamo as they got to the semi-final of the Romanian Cup, and has featured a total of 69 times for the Bucharest side.”

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