Hearts exit confirmed as striker Armand Gnanduillet moves on

Hearts have confirmed French Ivorian striker Armand Gnanduillet has left the club and returned to France after a year in Scotland.

The towering striker moved north a year ago and impressed on his debut against Raith Rovers.

Robbie Neilson saw him as a potential answer to his striker issues having been previously foiled in attempts to take Walsall’s Elijah Adebayo to Tynecastle.

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Those issues in attack still persist and Gnanduillet has struggled for game-time this season with Neilson still seeking a solution up front alongside Liam Boyce. He will now return to France where he has agreed a deal with Championnat National outfit Le Mans.

The former Blackpool forward had been linked with a move south to Wigan Athletic but he will return to his birth country after a year in Edinburgh.

The 29-year-old made a total of 30 appearances in a maroon shirt and scored six goals.

Hearts have, meanwhile, been linked with a move for Chesterfield’s prolific striker Kabongo Tshimanga.

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Armand Gnanduillet has left Hearts. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

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