Robbie Neilson has bolstered his forward line with the addition of forward Ellis Simms on loan from Everton.
The England youth striker makes the move to Tynecastle until the end of the season, and could feature in tonight’s cinch Premiership match with Celtic.
21-year-old Ellis came through the academies at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City before signing on at Goodison Park.
A remarkable 2018/19 campaign for the Toffees’ Under 18 side saw the big striker score 37 goals in 29 games, which earned him a call up to David Unsworth’s Under 23s. He continued his scoring run the following season, bagging nine strikes in 19 games.
Last season, after netting eight goals in the Premier League 2 for Everton, Ellis tasted senior football with Blackpool in the second half of the campaign. He scored ten times for the Seasiders, helping them to League One play-off glory, including two goals in a semi-final win over Oxford United.
His form didn’t go unnoticed at international level and in November 2020 Ellis was called up to the England U20 squad for a training camp, gaining game-time in a friendly match against Aston Villa.
Ellis’ Everton first-team debut occurred last month when he led the line at Stamford Bridge in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea.
He’ll now pull on the famous maroon jersey for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign and manager Robbie is delighted to get his man.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, he said: “I’m really happy to get a player of Ellis’ quality on board.
“We’ve made no secret of looking for a striker and in Ellis we’ve found what we’ve been looking for.
“He’s got a great pedigree and all the attributes to be a success up here, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “It’s always been about quality over quantity for us and we’ve got real quality in Ellis.
“He’s someone we’ve been tracking for a long time and although it looked like he may have gone to the English Championship we’ve managed to attract him up here, which speaks volumes about this club.
“Our thanks go to Everton for their assistance with the move and I am, like I’m sure our fans will be, really excited to watch Ellis play for Hearts.”