Livingston close to signing international defender following trial

The Dominican Republic defender has been playing for Haka in Finland.

David Martindale confident Livingston will soon complete Luiyi De Lucas signing SNS Group

David Martindale has revealed Livingston are closing in on the signing of Dominican Republic international defender Luiyi De Lucas.

The 28-year-old has been on trial with the Lions since November following just over two years as a regular with Finnish top-flight side Haka.

De Lucas has impressed Martindale enough to earn a deal and the Premiership club expect to be able to give him his debut later this month once his international clearance is finalised.

“De Lucas is in the building today,” said the Livi boss. “He’s got his English language test tomorrow and he’s got his Home Office interview next week so I’d be pretty confident that by mid-January we should have him available for first-team selection.”

Martindale, who has already signed former Hibernian winger Steven Bradley, expects De Lucas to be his final January recruit.

Asked if he anticipated many further additions this month, he said: “No. Unless my phone goes and it’s a no-brainer (to bring a player in), I’m not expecting to do much.

“I’m fairly happy with where we are. One or two will probably go out to get game time because once we get a few boys back from injury and suspension in the next week or two, there are going to be boys needing to get out on loan for their own careers.”

Attacker Joel Nouble is one of those closing in on a return from injury.

The 26-year-old has missed the Lions’ four matches since the World Cup break with a knee problem, but Martindale revealed the club’s medics appear to have got to the bottom of it and he is expected to return to action in the coming weeks.

“Joel’s OK,” he said. “He’s come on leaps and bounds this week. He’s not been a million miles away from returning to training but we seem to have overcome the last wee hurdle over the last few days.

“We’re probably going to be very tentative with him over his return but it’s been very positive.”

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