BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Nigerian international Juwon Oshaniwa admits he is today hoping to get the green light to complete his move to Hearts.
The 24-year-old has already agreed a three-year deal to join Robbie Neilson’s side but has faced a mountain of red tape as he bids to seal his switch from Israeli outfit Ashdod.
Hearts have lodged all the relevant paperwork at their end and 17-times capped Oshaniwa is now waiting to hear whether the Nigerian authorities have issued a visa to allow him to enter Scotland.
Hearts head coach Neilson wants to recruit Oshaniwa, who was linked with Celtic last January, to compete with Kevin McHattie for the left-back berth on their return to the Premiership.
Oshaniwa said: “I’ve been in constant touch with Hearts officials and they have been assuring me they are putting pressure on the British embassy to hasten up the process of issuing me a visa.
“We spoke on Wednesday morning, but you know this is not something you just get like that no matter the pressure.”
Speaking to Complete Sports, the Nigerian added: “I’ve been told it takes about ten working days to get the visa processed and if this is the case, then I’m expecting it to be ready on Friday this week.”