Hearts sign Kenneth Vargas on permanent deal from CS Herediano

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Tynecastle.

Hearts sign Kenneth Vargas on permanent deal from CS Herediano SNS Group

Kenneth Vargas has joined Hearts on a permanent deal, signing a five-year contract with the Tynecastle club.

The Costa Rican forward has impressed Hearts staff while on loan from Costa Rican side CS Herediano and after agreement was reached on a fee, his transfer has been completed, subject to Scottish FA approval.

Vargas has already made 34 appearances during his loan spell and the 21-year-old has found the net on seven occasions.

His time in the Premiership has also helped him to become a full international for Costa Rica and he will be aiming to cement a space in their squad for this summer’s Copa America.

Hearts head coach Steven Naismith was delighted to secure the services of a player he thinks can develop at Tynecastle and build on an impressive debut season.

 “I’m really happy that we’ve been able to sort out Kenneth’s future and bring him in permanently,” Naismith told the club’s official website.

“He’s made a really big impact since coming here. Everyone can see his talents but he’s also got a real willingness to learn and is great around the dressing room.

“It’s important to remember that the initial loan move was Kenneth’s first away from Costa Rica and from his family. So for him to settle as well as he has, and put in the performances that he has, is impressive, and I think we’ll see even more from him as he and the team continues to progress.”

Sporting director Joe Savage said: “We’re all really pleased to be able to get this deal done and bring Kenneth in as a permanent Hearts player.

“We don’t shy away from exploring different markets to source young talent and value for money, and Kenneth certainly ticks both those boxes.

“I’d like to thank Eduardo Pedemonte and Avid Sports for their help in getting this deal done and also the club for once again backing us and investing in the first team squad.”

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