Hearts star Arnaud Djoum has been named in Cameroon’s provisional 34-man squad for this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations after impressing international boss Clarence Seedorf.

The Hearts ace is one of a handful of British-based players named in the squad, as confirmed by the Cameroonian FA on their official website, with the most notable absentee being Liverpool’s Joel Matip.

23rd February 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus St Mirren; Kyle McAllister of St Mirren and Arnaud Djoum of Hearts

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The tournament takes place in Egypt between June 21 and July 19 with Seedorf still to whittle his squad down to a final 23.

The 30-year-old midfielder Djoum is out of contract at the end of the season and Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted that he’d like to extend his stay at Tynecastle.

MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Arnaud Djoum of Cameroon during the International Friendly match between Brazil v Cameroon at the Stadium MK on November 20, 2018 in Milton Keynes United Kingdom

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If he makes the final squad, as expected, and impresses in Egypt, it could well make it impossible for the Jambos to keep him in Edinburgh.

Djoum has made 20 appearances for his country and was a key part of the squad who lifted the trophy in 2017.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - JUNE 25: Arnaud Djoum (7) of Germany in action against Arnaud Djoum (17) of Cameroon during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 soccer match between Cameroon and Germany in Sochi, Russia on June 25, 2017.

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The midfielder has been in good form for Hearts recently after an injury-hit 2017/18 season and the Jambos will be desperate to get him tied down to a new contract before the end of the month.

With a Scottish Cup final on the horizon too, it could be a good summer for Djoum if he can get his hands on a couple of bits of silverware.

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