Everton midfielder Beni Baningime is set to seal a transfer to Hearts, Tynecastle manager Robbie Neilson has confirmed.

Baningime was linked to Dundee United but he’ll all but likely move to Hearts ahead of the weekend’s cinch Premiership opener against Celtic. The 22-year-old has made 12 appearances for Everton alongside Wigan Athletic and Derby County loans during his Goodison Park spell.

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Beni Baningime is moving to Edinburgh. (Photo by Emma Simpson – Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Neilson said of the potential move: “I am delighted to hopefully get this over the line. There are a few things to iron out here and there. But he brings energy to the midfield. He has got some really good stock down at Everton.

“He has played 12 games in all so we know what he is bringing. He moves the ball quickly. It’s an area we have wanted to build on this season and hopefully he will do that for that us. He was involved with the first team at Everton training up until they went to Florida so he’s in a good place fitness-wise.”

Hearts are back in the Premiership after winning the Championship last season.

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