Hearts target Juwon Oshaniwa hoping to secure visa


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.

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Oshaniwa played for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup


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.”