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HEARTS DEAL IN HITMAN

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HEARTS’ powerhouse striker Uche Ikpeazu has agreed a contract extension until 2022.

The 24-year-old frontman, who was signed by Craig Levein on a free transfer from League Two side Cambridge United in the summer, scored four times in his first 10 matches for the Tynecastle side before missing four months through injury.

Ikpeazu returned to Edinburgh club’s first team last month, but has yet to add to his tally of goals.

The all-action attacker caught the attention of the fans and the satellite television viewers with his impressive performance against champions Celtic in Edinburgh nine days ago.

He chased and harried righjt from the off and made it a difficult evening for the Hoops back lot, mainly Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer who were in his direct opponents.

And he got his reward when the Jambos levelled James Forrest’s opening goal shortly after the interval when he put pressure on keeper Scott Bain who was short with a pass and a penalty was awarded. Ollie Bozanic slotted the ball away before Odsonne Edouard snatched the stoppage-time winner for the visitors.

Ikpeazu, speaking to HeartsTV, said: “This club has given me a great platform to improve. I love the club, the fans, the city and my team-mates, as well.

“I genuinely think I’m improving and getting back to my best. I feel I’m back playing really good now.

“I feel confident and it’s just the goals to come, really. Now is the right time to extend my contract here because I feel the love from the management, the staff and the fans.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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