Hearts offer contract to midfielder Arnaud Djoum

Arnaud Djoum, right, spent time on trial at Riccarton last week and impressed Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson

Arnaud Djoum, right, spent time on trial at Riccarton last week and impressed Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson

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HEARTS should learn in the next 24 hours whether Belgian midfielder Arnaud Djoum will sign on at Tynecastle.

The Edinburgh club offered the 26-year-old a contract over the weekend and are hopeful he will accept.

Djoum is keen to join Hearts and has returned to Belgium to consider the terms offered. He spent time on trial at Riccarton last week and impressed Robbie Neilson, the Hearts head coach, and the rest of the management team.

“Arnaud came in last week and did really well. He’s a central midfield player,” said Neilson. “We’ve offered him a contract but it’s up to him if he’s willing to accept the terms we’ve offered. We should find out in the next day or so.

“He’s given an indication that he’s keen to come here.

“We’ve spoken about figures so he’s gone back to speak with his family.

“I’d like to think we’ll hear from him today or tomorrow. He’s a good player and there are guys like that who become available. They’re out of contract and they wait and they wait.

“He’s got a good CV, good experience and he speaks good English. He’s fitted into the group well so I think he’ll be a good addition if he accepts the terms.”

Provided Djoum accepts and the relevant paperwork is processed on time, he could be in line for a Hearts debut at Kilmarnock in Wednesday’s League Cup tie.

“It’s possible he could get involved on Wednesday,” continued Neilson.

“If we agree terms and get the deal done, we then need to wait for international clearance.

“That can take a couple of hours but sometimes it takes a couple of days when you’re dealing with different football associations.”