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Hearts set to seal deal for Georgian Gogua

Hearts are set to sign Georgian international Gogita Gogua.

The 23-year-old is understood to have flown into Edinburgh at the weekend and is likely to join the Tynecastle club until the end of the season with a view to getting a longer-term deal.

Gogua, a versatile defensive midfielder who often plays left-back for his country, played for Russian side Spartak Nalchick last season and was voted the league's best newcomer of 2006.

But now he is likely to be added to the foreign contingent at Tynecastle.

Hearts head coach Valdas Ivanauskas said: 'We've been watching Gogua for a long time and believe he can strengthen Hearts.

'He will play for us until the end of the current season, and then both sides will decide whether his contract should be extended. This arrangement suits the club and Gogua.

'He needs to adapt to a new environment, he needs time to see if he likes it and time to establish himself in the Hearts team.'

Gogua, who could feature against Scotland in the next 2008 Euro qualifier in March, walked out on Spartak Nalchik when he discovered he was not being paid as much as his team-mates.

But the Georgian is adamant playing football is uppermost in his mind.

He said: 'It doesn't matter where I play - I just want regular football. I'd like to perform for a serious club where I would be able to win medals or take part in European competitions.'