Hearts defender Oshaniwa reveals Turkish interest

Nigeria's Juwon Oshaniwa in action with France's Mathieu Valbuena

Hearts defender Oshaniwa weighs up move to Turkey.

Hearts defender Juwon Oshaniwa has told HITC Sport that he is flattered by interest from clubs in Turkey in his signature.

Turkish Super Lig duo Antalyaspor and Kayserispor are weighing up moves for Nigerian international Oshaniwa as they look to bolster their squads this summer.

Nigeria's Juwon Oshaniwa in action with France's Mathieu ValbuenaNigeria's Juwon Oshaniwa in action with France's Mathieu Valbuena

The attacking full-back has made himself a big fans' favourite at Tynecastle since joining the Scottish Premiership side from Israeli side FC Ashdod last summer.

Oshaniwa made 25 appearances in all competitions for Hearts last season as they finished in third spot in the table to secure a place in next season's Europa League.

The 25-year-old's performances for Hearts have caught the attention of other clubs and Antalyaspor and Kayserispor have expressed an interest in the African defender.

Heart of Midlothian's Juwon Ayo Oshaniwa (L) in action with Celtic's Gary Mackay-StevenHeart of Midlothian's Juwon Ayo Oshaniwa (L) in action with Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven

Oshaniwa admits he would consider a move to Turkey to either Antalyaspor and Kayserispor, but concedes Hearts will make the final decision on his future and all will depend on whether or not they want to sell the left-back.

"I believe there has been some contact from Antalyaspor and Kayserispor with my representative Ladi Salami," Oshaniwa told HITC Sport.

"I am just waiting for the response from Hearts on the interest and if both teams agree then we will see what happens.

"Football is all about movement and as a player you want to progress as much as you can.

"It is flattering to attract interest from Antalyaspor and Kayserispor and Turkish football is interesting for me."

Despite the interest from Antalyaspor and Kayserispor, Oshaniwa says he is happy to stay at Hearts until he is told otherwise.

"I am happy to stay at Hearts if they want me to stay," added Oshaniwa. "It is a lovely club, with lovely people and lovely fans.

"To be part of a team that finished third in the championship and qualify for the Europa League was something special and the club wants to continue to progress.

"In the end Hearts will decide my future and if they do not want to sell me I will stay at the club."

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