Dundee United sign Slovak striker Milos Lacny on loan

Dundee United have signed Slovakian striker Milos Lacny from Sparta Prague on a year's loan deal, subject to international clearance.

And the Tannadice club will have first option to buy the 23-year-old at the end of the loan spell.

United manager Peter Houston said: "Milos is a quality young player.

"His style is different to the strikers we already have at the club and I think he will quickly become a favourite with our fans."

Lacny, who was on trial with Celtic in 2009 and has eight Under-21 caps, had been training with Houston's side with a view to securing the move.

The former Slovakia Under-21 international joined Czech top-flight outfit Sparta from Ruzomberok in January 2010 on a three-year contract.

However, last year he was farmed out to Slovan Bratislava for six months.

Houston added: "He showed a desire to come over here on trial and what I witnessed convinced me that he can play a big part in our squad and gives us greater attacking options.

"He will bring pace to our forward line and increases our goal threat. I am absolutely delighted to have secured his services for the next 12 months."

This signing will show our fans that we are committed to ensuring the best possible team on the pitch

Stephen Thompson Dundee United chairman

Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson said he had to move swiftly to sign the player before the transfer deadline.

"Milos is exactly the kind of player we are looking to bring to Tannadice," said the chairman.

"He is an excellent young player who knows he can progress his career by signing for Dundee United, whilst helping us achieve our aims on the pitch.

"This signing will show our fans that we are committed to ensuring the best possible team on the pitch."