Melbourne Heart tipped to unveil Patrick Kisnorbo

The Red and Whites appear likely to bring in the former National Soccer League defender as they seek to add bodies ahead of the new A-League campaign

Melbourne Heart have reportedly signed former South Melbourne defender Patrick Kisnorbo as John Aloisi looks to reinforce his injury-hit squad ahead of the 2013-14 A-League season.

Kisnorbo, 32, is a free agent having left Leeds United at the end of the last season following four seasons at Elland Road.

The rugged centre-back previously made more than 120 league appearances for Leicester City, and also spent time north of the border with Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts, where he moved from South Melbourne in 2003.

Also a full Australia international, the last of Kisnorbo's 18 appearances for the Socceroos came in 2009, with his career for club and country interrupted by a serious Achilles injury in March 2010.

Heart have lost marquee signing Orlando Engelaar to a fractured leg for up to six months, prompting coach Aloisi to consider shifting Patrick Gerhardt from the centre of defence to a holding midfield role.

Bringing in Kisnorbo would add cover and competition for places at the back alongside remaining central defenders Rob Wielaert and David Vrankovic.

Unavailable for comment when reports of the transfer emerged, the club are set to make a formal player announcement on Tuesday morning.

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