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Hearts snap up Kaunas midfielder

Marius Cinikas, Stephen Husband and Jonathan Brown
Cinikas arrives at Tynecastle as Husband and Brown depart

Hearts have signed right-sided Lithuanian midfielder Marius Cinikas on loan from Kaunas until January and farmed two players out to Livingston.

Cinikas made two appearances for Hearts during their pre-season tour of Germany before returning to the club financed by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov.

The 23-year-old played both legs of the Lithuanian outfit's Europa League qualifier against Serbian side Sevojno.

Defender Jonathan Brown and midfielder Stephen Husband have joined Livi.

The 19-year-old Brown is likely to experience his first taste of first-team football.

Husband, 18, played five times while on loan to Cowdenbeath in 2007.

The arrival of Cinikas, meanwhile, comes as Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo announced that he had been told by Romanov that he would not be able to sign a striker before the closure of the transfer window on Tuesday.

Laszlo had hinted that it was a lack of funds that was the problem, with Romanov preferring to bring through young players already on the books.

However, Romanov has responded by claiming that he had decided that the manager's potential signing targets were not suitable for the club.

Laszlo is also short of cover at right-back, having used midfielder Eggert Jonsson in that position until the Iceland international's recent injury.

Cinikas is the latest in a long line of players to have arrived at Tynecastle from Kaunas since Romanov became majority shareholder at the Edinburgh club.

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see also
Romanov slams Laszlo budget woes
28 Aug 09 |  Hearts
Laszlo told no cash for striker
26 Aug 09 |  Hearts

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