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Charlton Athletic make it second time lucky as they land Hearts striker Conor Washington

Charlton Athletic have signed Hearts striker Conor Washington for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Ireland international, 28, has penned a two-year contract.

Charlton had wanted Washington last summer when he left Sheffield United, but the Chatham-born attacker opted for Hearts.

But once the Jam Tarts were relegated to the Scottish Championship it paved the way for his departure.

The Addicks had initially seen deals for Washington and Alex Gilbey blocked by the EFL due to their transfer embargo.

But talks earlier this week saw the League One club able to complete on the MK midfielder and Washington.

The former QPR, Peterborough and Newport County player is the second new signing of the summer.

Charlton resume pre-season training on Monday.

Washington said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to be here, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve seen a lot of Charlton over the last few years and with the manager being the way he is, it looks like a great project to be a part of.

“It’s a great stadium, I’ve seen it on the television a few times and I’m really looking forward to playing here. The pitch is nice and big which is good for me, I love running in behind, trying to score goals. Hopefully I can add that in the mix and get us up the league.”

Addicks manager Lee Bowyer added: “We have to bring in bodies and replace bodies that we’ve lost, so it’s a good start.

“He’s an international and someone with a lot of experience. We tried to bring him in last summer, but it just didn’t work out for us, so I’m really pleased he’s signed for us.

“He’ll cause teams problems and add that finishing touch that we lacked at the end of last season. I’m delighted to finally have him through the door.”

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