Hearts envy of Blackpool fans after signing cult hero striker Gnanduillet - 'an absolute steal on a free'

Hearts have seen off a plethora of clubs to land Armand Gnanduillet as the new Tynecastle number nine.
The Seasiders' top scorer hit 18 goals last season before a move to Turkey. Picture: GettyThe Seasiders' top scorer hit 18 goals last season before a move to Turkey. Picture: Getty
The Seasiders' top scorer hit 18 goals last season before a move to Turkey. Picture: Getty

The former Blackpool man stands at 6’4” and was linked to clubs like Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers before Robbie Neilson got his man – and his former fans on the Fylde coast are impressed.

‘Gnando’ as he was known at Bloomfield Road scored 43 goals over four years at Blackpool and the Seasiders supporters gave the Jambos the low-down on the new man before a potential bow against Raith Rovers tomorrow night.

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@ellisliam95: “Blackpool fan here lads - stick plenty of crosses into the box and he will score goals for you. The rest of his footballing ability leaves a lot to be desired but he was a bit of a fan favourite at Blackpool. He’s a nuisance for the opposition to play against. Very good pens as well - if you play to his strengths he’ll be a real good signing for you.”

@powellBFC93: “What a signing for you lot. Give him service and he'll be on the score sheet more often than he isn't.”

@scottbpool69: “We had him here at Blackpool great player when his head’s in the game.”

@TangerineRob: “All the best Gnando.”

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@TvTangerine: “Quality player. And an absolute steal on a free.” He added: “Left us at the end of the season (out of contract) moved to Turkey didn’t work out for him. Could of easily signed for a championship team. He will get you goals no doubt about that. Very very good signing!”

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@ChrisBFC1996: “Come back to this tweet. He will easy grab double figures by the end of the season, be keeping an eye out for Hearts results now. GMS to Gnando.”

And Hearts are believed to have beaten a host of lower league English clubs to the towering striker.

Sunderland reporter @Phil__Smith, of our sister title the Sunderland Echo, tweeted: “Some signing for Hearts. More than a few L1 clubs would have been all over this if not for the salary cap (both now and last summer).”

And helpfully, there’s a tip on how to pronounce his name, courtesy of the Seasiders.

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@Jon_Marsh25: “Blackpool fan here. It’s Nan-dwee-yay. Emphasis on Nan. Great player when he can be bothered.”

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