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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 August 2006, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Bednar wins permanent Hearts deal
Hearts striker Roman Bednar
Roman Bednar joined Hearts last summer
Czech striker Roman Bednar has signed a four-year contract with Hearts after the Edinburgh club turned his loan deal from Kaunas into a permanent move.

The 23-year-old said: "I have never hidden the fact that I love playing football with Hearts.

"I want to be a winner with Hearts domestically and on the European stage and that's why I've signed.

"I have great team-mates and I believe that, following last season's success, we can continue to develop."

Bednar had been signed by Kaunas, sponsored by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov, from Mlada Boleslav last summer and then loaned to the Scottish Premier League club.

The news came as promised new signings before Thursday's deadline failed to materialise.

But Hearts stressed that they had already brought in six players ahead of the new season.

Defender Hristos Karipidis was bought from PAOK Salonika for 200,000, while midfielder Tiago Costa arrived after having left Benfica.

Striker Mauricio Pinilla joined on a one-year loan deal from Sporting Lisbon.

Meanwhile, midfielders Marius Zaliukas and Kestutis Ivaskevicius, plus striker Andrius Velicka, all came on year-long loans from Kaunas.

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