The return of Hearts of Oak's talismanic player, Charles Taylor, is set to drag on beyond the half turn of the coming season as his Tunisian club, Etoile du Sahel, are looking for financial rewards before they release the player to the Ghanaian champions.
Etoile du Sahel have already dispatched a Senegalese football agent who they described as one of their agents in Africa to Ghana for negotiations and release of the player to Hearts.
The Senegalese, according to Hearts' Admnistrative Manager, Ashford Tettey-Oku, is expected in the country today to begin negotiations on behalf of Etoile du Sahel.
He said even though the club intends to register the player, that desire would depend on the outcome of the meeting with the Senegalese.
Taylor was released to Kumasi Asante Kotoko on loan in 2006 for a relatively high fee of $50,000 but barely managed to go the full haul as injuries plagued his outings with the Porcupine Warriors.
However, a year later, the player returned to his mother club and Etoile du Sahel were to release him on loan for free. Unfortunately, Taylor's days in Hearts also suffered setbacks as a recurrent ligament injury allowed him only 69 minutes of playtime.
Taylor was subsequently sent to South Africa for treatment and has since recovered, but a couple of weeks ago, Etoile du Sahel wrote to Hearts and the player demanding the return of the player as they indicated that the loan deal they reached with Hearts last season had elapsed.
The Tunisians later indicated their readiness to release the player after Hearts had paid the neccessary compensation.
Story by Andy Quao