Glenn Whelan reportedly set to sign 12-month Hearts contract after leaving Aston Villa

general views of Tynecastle Stadium the home of Heart of Midlothian F.C. during the Scottish Championship match between Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Hibernian F.C. at Tynecastle Stadium on...

Aston Villa failed to renew Whelan's deal at the end of last season.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa reacts following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Glenn Whelan is close to joining Hearts after his Aston Villa contract expired, according to the Scottish Sun.

Whelan was one of Aston Villa's most important players in the final stages of last season, and helped them to promotion via the Championship play-offs.

But with his 36th birthday to due arrive midway through the new campaign, the midfielder's deal was not renewed.

 

A number of English second tier clubs have been linked with moves for Whelan, but reports the former Aston Villa man could continue his career north of the border have intensified in recent weeks.

And after a couple of days without any updates, the Irishman is now back training with Hearts as he prepares to sign a 12-month contract, according to the Scottish Sun.

Whelan, who spent two seasons on Aston Villa's books, would reunite with his former Sheffield Wednesday teammate, Steven MacLean, at Hearts.

23rd October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Heart of Midlothian; Steven MacLean of Heart of Midlothian and Hearts manager Craig Levein...

Despite his Championship spells with Aston Villa and Wednesday, the Republic of Ireland international spent the bulk of his career playing Premier League football for Stoke City.

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