‘Quality over quantity’ is paramount for Hearts in the transfer window summer says sporting director Joe Savage after signing Beni Baningime from Everton.

The 22-year-old central midfielder has signed a three-year contract and could make his Scottish Premiership debut against Celtic this weekend. Baningime made 12 appearances for Everton alongside loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Derby County.

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Swapping Everton for Hearts. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Savage says it’s a great signing: “Both sides were really keen to get the deal done which is always a positive. Beni has had a great schooling at Everton. He’s won the Premier League 2 twice with David Unsworth’s team and I know there is a really high standard down there.

“He’s now ready to play first team football and we can give him that platform.

“We’ve stressed that we want to sign quality over quantity and in Beni I think we’ve got ourselves a quality player with the potential to do really well for Hearts.”

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