Nigerian international defender Juwon Oshaniwa claims Hearts are one of three British clubs interested in signing him this summer.
The 24-year-old left-back, who plays in Israel with Ashdod, says Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday are also monitoring him.
Oshaniwa still has a year remaining on his contract. He is eager to leave Israel to further his career in Britain but that will depend on how much Ashdod want in a transfer fee.
Hearts have made it clear they will not pay vast amounts to buy players, but Oshaniwa claims they have made an offer for him.
“I am aware of it. My club president confirmed the official proposal from Hearts and let me know that talks are still on to seal the deal alongside my agent Ladi Salami in the UK,” he said. “And more so, my agent confirmed interest of Celtic and from Sheffield Wednesday.”
“I will be so glad to leave for greener pastures to meet up with my goal in a well-developed league to improve on the status I have got in football. And I am very sure I can achieve my aim with these clubs.”