Hearts secure Callum Tapping from Tottenham

Dylan McGowan
McGowan was on loan to East Fife in Division Two last season

Hearts have signed midfielder Callum Tapping from Tottenham Hotspur for a nominal fee.

The 18-year-old, who was previously on the books at Hamilton Accies and Celtic, has signed a two-year contract with an option of a further 12 months.

Scotland Under-19 cap Tapping has come through Spurs' academy, having joined the London club in 2009.

The London-born midfielder moved to Scotland as a five-year-old and attended Larbert High School.

Tapping will join Darren Murray's Hearts under-19 squad and the coach told the club's website: "Callum is a central midfielder with good ability.

"He can see a pass, gets forward and can score goals.

"He's diligent, conscientious as well and someone we think can develop for the future with us."

Meanwhile, 20-year-old defender Dylan McGowan has joined A-League club Gold Coast United on loan.

McGowan returns to his homeland after ending last season on loan with East Fife in Division Two.