Conor Washington's transfer from Hearts to Charlton Athletic poised to go through

Conor Washington is poised to leave Hearts for Charlton.Conor Washington is poised to leave Hearts for Charlton.
Conor Washington is poised to leave Hearts for Charlton.
Northern Ireland striker set for return to England

Conor Washington’s transfer from Hearts to Charlton Athletic is poised to go through by the weekend and could be done in a matter of hours.

The Northern Ireland striker has agreed terms with the London club but they are embroiled in a power struggle and need permission from the English Football League to sign new players.

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They have submitted a request to register Washington which should see the deal completed today if everything goes to plan.

His departure would save Hearts a substantial salary given he is one of the highest earners at Tynecastle Park.

Hearts and Charlton agreed the terms of Washington’s transfer last month, however friction within the hierarchy at The Valley delayed the move.

East Street Investments, the club owners, chairman Paul Elliot and his lawyer Chris Farnell have been indispute over ownership, prompting the EFL to investigate.

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An independent panel is looking into the matter and consequently Charlton must get new players ratified by the league.

That is now set to happen with the arrival of Washington. The 28-year-old has one year left on his Hearts contract but manager Robbie Neilson is willing to let him leave.

He arrived in Edinburgh last summer but was hindered by injury during the 2019/20 campaign. Following Hearts’ relegation, he is now set for a switch to England’s League One.

Washington previously played for Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers, Peterborough United, Newport County and St Ives Town. He holds 21 Northern Ireland caps.

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