Hearts expect Oshaniwa to complete move this week

Juwon Oshaniwa, right, battling with Angel Di Maria at last year's World Cup. Picture: Getty
Juwon Oshaniwa, right, battling with Angel Di Maria at last year's World Cup. Picture: Getty
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Robbie Neilson expects Nigerian internationalist Juwon Oshaniwa to arrive in Edinburgh this week in order to complete his move to Tynecastle.

The left-back has been granted a work permit for his switch to Scotland, but still requires the necessary paperwork that will allow him to travel to the Capital and complete the deal following his departure from Israeli club FC Ashdod.

Neilson has had to be patient, but says things are progressing and hopes to finally land his man over the next few days.

“It’s moving all the time,” said the Hearts boss. “It’s just that it takes time to get someone in to the country – you can’t just pick up the phone and bring them over. There’s a process that has to be gone through and you have to respect that as well, so it takes time but hopefully it’ll be at some point this week. Whether that’s early or late this week I don’t know, but we’re dealing with the British and Nigerian authorities.”

With one arrival seemingly imminent, Neilson plans on sending a number of his younger squad members out on development loans in order to increase their exposure to first team football. Players such as Gary Oliver, Liam Smith and Liam Henderson have featured heavily in Hearts’ pre-season fixtures, along with Sean McKirdy and Leon Jones.

As he did last season, Neilson hopes to secure temporary moves that will see several of them gain regular game time at as high a level as possible, with a number of clubs having already made enquiries.

“We’ll definitely try to get a few out on loan,” he revealed. “We’ll keep a hold of them until after the trip to England [to play Preston North End this Saturday] and then we’ll take it from there, but I know there’s been quite a lot of people interested in them. We’ll try and get them in to the Championship – you always try and get as high as you can for them, but it’s important they play, so whoever is interested, we’ll talk to them and see what it comes to.”