Juanma on way back to Hearts as deal collapses

Juanma was set for a move to Belgium. Pic: TSPL
Juanma was set for a move to Belgium. Pic: TSPL
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Juanma Delgado is on his way back to Edinburgh with his proposed transfer to Belgian club Waasland-Beveren all but dead. He will resume training with his Hearts team-mates at Riccarton tomorrow as he waits for a move.

The player flew to Belgium on Friday and watched Waasland-Beveren’s 2-2 draw at home to Mechelen in the First Division A on Saturday evening. Talks continued over the weekend without a successful conclusion despite Hearts agreeing a deal for Juanma with Beveren officials.

The 25-year-old is still keen to leave Tynecastle to play regularly but would prefer a move abroad. He does have several options on the continent. He was Hearts’ top goalscorer last season with 13 goals but new arrivals like Tony Watt, Conor Sammon and Bjorn Johnsen have forced him out of the squad.

Meanwhile, Hearts players Arnaud Djoum and Faycal Rherras have been called up for international duty by Cameroon and Morocco respectively.

Djoum earned his first senior international call-up for Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia on September 3 and their friendly against Algeria three days later. Although born in the country’s capital, Yaounde, the midfielder has played for Belgium at under-19 and under-20 level

Full-back Rherras has been promoted from Morocco’s Under-23 squad to the senior group. He will travel for a friendly with Albania on August 31 and an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome four days later.