Minnesota United signs former Hearts winger Sam Nicholson

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With the MLS summer transfer window now open, Minnesota United wasted little time announcing its latest signing, making official the capture of former Hearts winger Sam Nicholson.

Nicholson had been linked with United for much of the spring, and with his Hearts contract having expired, he arrives on a free transfer, pending receipt of his ITC and work visa.

"We are really pleased to have added a player with the skill-set of Sam," said Minnesota manager Adrian Heath via a club statement.

"He's a player who can cut inside from either side of the pitch. He's got two really good feet and he's got some goals in him, he can beat his man."

The 22-year-old has spent his entire professional career with Hearts, scoring 16 goals in 127 league and cup appearances. Nicholson is also a Scottish youth international, having made appearances at both U19 and U21 level.

"It's not very often that you get the opportunity to bring in a player from Europe, who looks at MLS as a step up," added Heath. "We are delighted to have him and we think he will be a great addition to our squad."