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Alim is latest recruit

26th June 2014

Powerful Turkish defender pens three-year deal at Tynecastle.

Turkish centre-half Alim Ozturk has become Robbie Neilson's latest signing, the 22-year-old signing a three-year deal.

Standing 6ft 3in tall, the powerful Dutch-born stopper was with SC Cambuur for two years, before spending last season on loan in Turkey with 1461 Trabzon.

The former Trabzonspor defender is highly-rated and played the last of his matches at U21 level for his country towards the end of last year.

Hailing his capture as a real coup for the club, Robbie told Hearts News: "He is a very good player. He was sold to Trabzonspor 18 months ago for quite a bit of money and was a big prospect for them.

"He is a good centre-half with good mobility and again is another excellent development prospect for us.

"He was playing with Cambuur in Holland but did so well he got a move to Turkey. He didn't really enjoy things there, though, and ended up not playing for the first team, eventually moving to Trabzonspor's B side.

"But he wants to get back playing and has taken a big gamble coming here as he has taken a big hit on his wages.

"I think the fans will really take to him. He is big, strong and athletic and is good on the ball, too. I think him and Danny Wilson will form a great partnership.

"We have been trailing him for a few weeks and didn't think we had a chance of getting him but I'm delighted to have signed him and sometimes you just have to wait a little while to get players like him."

Alim will meet his new team-mates for the first time at Riccarton when he joins up for pre-season training on Monday.