Hearts close to signing defender Juwon Oshaniwa

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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HEARTS are close to securing the signature of Nigerian defender Juwon Oshaniwa.

Oshaniwa is believed to be heading to Tynecastle on a three-year contract having received a work permit.

The 24-year-old, who represented his country at the 2014 World Cup, is a free agent after leaving Israeli club FC Ashdod. He can play at both centre back and left back.

Oshaniwa told the AfricanFootball.com website: “I am very happy with the development. Going to play in Scotland is a good move for me.

“The profession is about movement and I am looking forward to joining the team and moving to a bigger level. It’s a sign of better days ahead for me.”

Oshaniwa would become the Tynecastle club’s fourth signing of the summer, joining Gavin Reilly, Juanma Delgado and fellow defender Blazej Augustyn.

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