The Scottish media reported at the weekend that Aaron Hughes had been offered a deal by Hearts.

Monday brings official confirmation that the former Newcastle defender has agreed to join recently departed United coach Ian Cathro.

Hughes has agreed a deal until the end of the season and the Scottish Premier League is the latest for him in a 20 year career.

The 37 year old played for 17 seasons in the Premier League with Newcastle, Villa and Fulham, before dropping into the Championship and then trying out football in Australia and India.

Official Hearts Statement:

‘Hearts have completed the signings of Aaron Hughes and Lennard Sowah.

The defensive duo have penned deals until the end of the season and joined their new teammates at training for the first time today.

Northern Irishman Aaron has a wealth of experience playing at the highest level, with 455 English Premier League appearances under his belt with Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham, as well as over 50 appearances in European competitions.

The 37-year-old is his country’s most capped outfield player, representing Northern Ireland on 103 occasions, and was part of their Euro 2016 squad, playing three times in France.

He joins Hearts as a free agent, subject to international clearance, having recently captained Kerala Blasters to the Final of the Indian Super League.

Aaron is welcomed at Tynecastle along with 24-year-old German full-back Lennard.

The left-sided player is no stranger to British football, having started his professional career with Portsmouth, where he made five Premier League appearances in 2010.

Moves to German giants Hamburger SV, Millwall and Danish side FC Vestjaelland followed, before Lennard joined Hamilton Academical on a short-term deal in October last year.

He went on to play seven games for Accies, including a substitute appearance against Hearts in the thrilling 3-3 draw at New Douglas Park.

His contract expired at the start of the month and he also makes the move to Hearts as a free agent.’