Hearts sporting director Joe Savage says the cinch Premiership club fended off competition to sign Brighton and Hove Albion prospect Alex Cochrane.

The England youth international has played first-team minutes for Premier League Brighton but joins Hearts for regular experience on a season-long loan. Savage says the signing is a ‘coup’ for the Edinburgh club after winning the Scottish Championship last term.

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Cochrane joins from Brighton. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

He said: “We saw off competition from other clubs to get Alex’s signature so this deal is a bit of a coup for us. He’s experienced first-team football with Brighton and also spent a season playing abroad so we know he’s a talented player with bags of potential, and we believe he is the right fit for Hearts.

 

“Developing links with established Premier League sides like Brighton could be really important for us in the future, so I have to thank them for their assistance with this move. It’s been a long process to get this done but we are really excited to have Alex in the building.”

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