Arnaud Djoum agrees Hearts deal as Jerome Thomas trains with the Jambos


BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Hearts will today complete the signing of Belgian youth internationalist Arnaud Djoum – as they run the rule over former English Premier League winger Jerome Thomas.

Djoum, 26, is a free agent after leaving Polish champions Lech Poznan in the close season and spent last week on trial with the Jambos, impressing head coach Robbie Neilson.

He was offered a deal at the weekend and returned to his homeland to weigh up a switch to Tynecastle.

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Djoum is set to become Hearts’ seventh major signing of the season


He jetted into Edinburgh again to iron out the final details of his contract yesterday and will formally put pen to paper on a deal until January this morning although, with international clearance still to be granted, he will not face Kilmarnock tonight.

Cameroon-born Djoum, who was a teammate of Scottish star Barry Douglas in Poznan last season, has also turned out for FC Brussels, Anderlecht, Roda JC, Akhisar Belediyespor.

Speaking prior to the signing, Neilson said: “Arnaud came in last week and did really well.

“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 has fitted into the group well. I think he’ll be a good addition.”

Hearts are also eyeing Thomas, with the former Crystal Palace wide man currently training with the capital club.

The 32-year-old has not played a competitive game for nine months and was released in the close season by the Eagles.

However, former Arsenal youngster Thomas boasts excellent pedigree, with 145 appearances in the top-flight south of the border with Charlton, Portsmouth, West Brom and Palace.

The Jambos are initially only providing training facilities as Jerome attempts to regain his fitness and find a club, however they are understood to be willing to offer him a deal if he impresses.