Reported Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday target Juwon Oshaniwa set to sign with Hearts

The defender has been linked with Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

Oshaniwa, who featured for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup, has verbally agreed a deal to join Hearts this summer, according to the Daily Record.

The 24-year-old looks set to sign a three-year deal, and with a work permit already granted by the SFA, all that needs to be confirmed is a deal between Hearts and Oshaniwa’s current club FC Ashdod of Israel.

This signing will be a real coup for Hearts, with Oshaniwa being a transfer target for both Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

Last month he told Sky Sports that the Bhoys and Wednesday had approached him concerning a summer transfer, as well as Hearts, and it has now been confirmed that the defender - who can play at left-back and centre-back - is set to sign with the Jambos.

Whilst Oshaniwa may sense Hearts and Wednesday as being on a similar level, to turn down Celtic is a bold move. They offer Champions League football and almost guaranteed silverware, and Hearts - who have only just been promoted to the Premiership - will likely spend much of the campaign fighting off relegation.

Still, first-team chances are sure to be easier to come by, and it is good to see a player put his own career progression ahead of better financial gains or success that he was not a part of.

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