Hearts are to hold key talks with Juwon Oshaniwa in an attempt to finally end his Tynecastle nightmare.
The Nigerian defender has one year of his three-year contract remaining but the Edinburgh club hope to mutually agree his exit as soon as possible.
Oshaniwa is one of the Hearts' highest-paid players but hasn't made a first-team appearance in over a year. He fell out of favour under the club's previous head coach, Robbie Neilson, early last year and hasn't featured at all for Neilson's successor, Ian Cathro.
The 26-year-old is desperately unhappy with the situation. His lack of club action means he is no longer being considered for international honours with Nigeria. He featured regularly for his county before moving to Edinburgh from the Israeli club Ashdod in summer 2015.
At the time, he was regarded as a marquee signing but he failed to settle in Scotland and dropped out of the Hearts team in his first season due to poor performance.
Hearts have tried to negotiate his exit before now but, as one of their biggest earners, Oshaniwa is beyond the reach of many clubs financially. The upcoming discussions with the full-back and his representatives are intended to find a solution that satisfies all parties.
Hearts won't pay Oshaniwa his final year's salary in a lump sum to release him. To secure a quick departure this summer, he may need to forego a severance package and write off much - if not all - of what he would earn at Tynecastle over the next 12 months.