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

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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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