Musa Drammeh revealed he rejected offers from English Championship clubs, preferring to join Heart of Midlothian.

The Spanish forward joined the Tynecastle Park club on a three-year deal last month having left Sevilla after helping the club's B side win promotion to the Spanish third tier.

Sunderland, Cardiff City and Birmingham City, where the player's sister lives, were all credited with an interest in January but Sevilla refused to allow the player to leave.

Speaking at the club's training base in Tenerife, Musa confirmed the interest from England's second tier and why he preferred a move to Tynecastle Park. The 22-year-old had been on the club's radar for around 18 months and first heard of a possible move to the club "in the middle of May".

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"I had other options at that moment," he said. "I had two offers from the English Championship. In January, they contacted me to go there but Sevilla said no. When I saw all the offers I had from all the teams, I had to pick Hearts because it's the best option for me.

"Scottish football, with European football, I think is going to be great for my development. I like to prove myself at something new and play in a first division. That is a lot for me."

Musa is one of six summer signings made by Steven Naismith. All six are currently with the team in Tenerife as they step up their pre-season ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Hearts Standard visited the training complex in La Caleta on Monday where the squad were going through one of two sessions. They will have one session on Tuesday before having the afternoon off.