Vargas signs five-year deal at Hearts

Kenneth Vargas has made his move to Hearts permanent after penning a five-year deal with the Tynecastle club.

The Costa Rican has endeared himself to the Gorgie faithful, scoring seven goals in all competitions, including in three consecutive rounds of the Scottish Cup.

He originally signed on loan from Herediano is his homeland in the summer, with Hearts choosing to utilise their option to buy the 21-year-old.

Manager Steven Naismith said: “I’m really happy that we’ve been able to sort out Kenneth’s future and bring him in permanently.

“He’s made a really big impact since coming here. Everyone can see his talents but he’s also got a real willingness to learn and is great around the dressing room.

“It’s important to remember that the initial loan move was Kenneth’s first away from Costa Rica and from his family. So for him to settle as well as he has, and put in the performances that he has, is impressive, and I think we’ll see even more from him as he and the team continues to progress.”