HITC Sport understands Hearts are set to win the race for Nigerian defender Juwon Oshaniwa.
HITC Sport understands Nigerian defender Juwon Oshaniwa is poised to seal a move to Hearts next week.
Oshaniwa, who can play at centre-back and left-back is a free agent after leaving Israeli club FC Ashdod.
The highly-rated defender played in all four of Nigeria’s World Cup matches in Brazil in 2014 and his signing would be something of a coup for Hearts as they plan for life back in the Scottish Premiership.
Oshaniwa is thought to have agreed a three-year deal to join Hearts and he is expected to finalise the move once he completes a medical.
The player's agent, Ladi Salami, confirmed Oshaniwa is set to arrive in the UK next week to complete his move to Hearts.
"We have agreed a deal with Hearts and have been waiting on a work permit," Salami told HITC Sport.
"We expect to be in Scotland early next week to have the medical and then complete the move and it is a great deal for Hearts as there were other clubs in for Juwon, but he is really excited about coming to Scotland and playing for Hearts."