Uche Ikpeazu leaves Hearts to join Wycombe Wanderers
English striker heads to Championship newcomers
Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu has joined newly-promoted English Championship club Wycombe Wanderers on a three-year contract.
The player completed a medical down south before putting pen to paper, bringing a two-year stay at Tynecastle Park to an end.
The Wycome manager Gareth Ainsworth revealed he has always been a fan of the bustling Ikpeazu and was delighted to secure his signature.
“Uche is a player I’ve always admired, going right back to the start of his career with Reading and Watford’s under-23 sides, and I’m delighted that the time has come for us to bring him to Wycombe Wanderers,” Ainsworth told the club website.
“We feel he’s perfectly suited for the way we play and being part of this squad will get the best out of him. He’s quick, strong, holds the ball up well and will score goals for us too.
“He gives us another option up front and no doubt will learn a lot from Adebayo Akinfenwa who has done a phenomenal job for us in a similar role over the past four years.
“We are working so hard to get this squad as strong as it can be for the new season. We’ve been knocked back on some of our targets but Uche is one I really wanted to bring here and it’s great to get the deal over the line, with hopefully more to come soon.”
Ikpeazu joined Hearts two years ago from Cambridge United but fell out of favour last season under former manager Daniel Stendel.
The 25-year-old is now set for the next chapter of his career in Buckinghamshire.
A statement released by Hearts confirmed the move. It read: “Uche Ikpeazu has departed Hearts for Wycombe Wanderers. The striker has moved to the English Championship side on a permanent basis.
“Uche signed for the Jambos in the summer of 2018 and despite injuries setting the powerhouse forward back, he still managed to bag ten goals in 55 appearances, including two Edinburgh derby strikes.
“Everyone at Hearts wishes Uche the best of luck at Adams Park.”
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