Bjorn Johnsen leaves Hearts for Dutch move as Tynecastle club eye Newcastle prospect

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Striker Bjorn Johnsen has left Hearts for an undisclosed fee to join Dutch top-flight club ADO Den Haag on a three-year contract.

Johnsen’s future at Tynecastle had been in doubt since he was involved in a bust-up with head coach Ian Cathro as they walked down the tunnel at half-time during the May 17 defeat at St Johnstone. 

After being left out of the pre-season trip to Ireland, the Norway cap, who made his international debut against the Czech Republic in June, was omitted from the Hearts squad for the four matches in the ill-fated Betfred Cup campaign at the start of this campaign.

Pic: adodenhaag.nl

Johnsen moved to Hearts on a three-year contract from Bulgarian side Litex Lovech last summer and scored a total of six goals in 37 appearances.

Johnsen said: “I really like this challenge, which means a lot for me to play in the Eredivisie at ADO The Hague.

“I want to be important to the team this week with goals and assists. I have a positive feeling about what we can achieve next year with ADO The Hague.”

Hearts, meanwhile, have been linked with a loan move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. Cathro is keen to add a new shot-stopper after Jack Hamilton suffered a drop in form at the tail end of last term.

The highly-rated Woodman made 15 appearances in a temporary stint at Kilmarnock during the second half of last season before being named as the Under-20 World Cup’s best goalkeeper for helping England win the tournament in June.

English League One sides Bury and Northampton are also said to be keen on signing the 20-year-old on loan.

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