Football news in brief: Adrian Mrowiec agrees deal with Leipzig

Former Hearts midfielder Adrian Mrowiec will be playing in German football next season after penning a deal with fourth division outfit Red Bull Leipzig.

The 28-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the Saxony side after leaving Tynecastle last month.

The Pole joined Hearts on loan from Kaunas in 2008 before signing permanently for a second spell in Edinburgh under Jim Jefferies in 2010. He played 78 times in total.

McCann to replace Malone at Ayr Utd

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Former Dunfermline captain Austin McCann has moved down to the second division after signing a one-year contract with Ayr United.

The 32-year-old left back joins the Somerset Park club as a straight replacement for the departed Eddie Malone.

McCann made 25 appearances in the SPL last season but was released following the Pars’ relegation straight back to the second tier.

Udinese owners in Watford takeover

The owners of Italian Serie A club Udinese have agreed a takeover of Watford.

Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo has owned Udinese since 1986 and his family bought Spanish team Granada three years ago. “Representatives from the Pozzo family have been in discussions with Watford and both parties have agreed initial terms,” the club announced.

Wilkie moves into dugout at Montrose

Lee Wilkie last night insisted he’s raring to go as Montrose’s new assistant manager – and cited rookie boss Paul Hartley as an inspiration. Former Scotland star Wilkie landed the No 2 post at the third division side alongside new boss Stuart Garden. Wilkie, 32, was forced to retire in 2010 while playing for Dundee United because of injury. He said: “There are a lot of good young managers out there cutting their teeth in the lower leagues, none more so than Paul Hartley.”