Juwon Oshaniwa signs three-year deal with Hearts

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Super Eagles defender, Juwon Oshaniwa, has signed a three-year contract with Scottish side, Hearts, after passing his medicals on Friday.

The 24-year-old, capped 17 times by the three-time African champions, left Ironi Ashdod after the team was relegated to the second division, Goal reports.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson believes the wait for the Nigerian international will be vindicated when he eventually plays his way into the team.

“It has been difficult because we had hoped to get him for pre-season so we could build through there with him but hopefully it will be worth the wait,” Goal quoted Neilson as saying after the deal was concluded.

“We did it last season with [Adam] Eckersley and [Miguel] Pallardo. They were guys who came in after we had started and it’s just part of football and you just have to deal with it.

“Everyone wants to get their full squad in for the first day of pre-season but it never happens like that.

“We are expecting him to do really well for us and it’s usually worth the wait when guys like this come in.

“It has been the longest transfer saga ever. He needs to come in and he needs to train and get to know the players, with a view of next weekend or possibly the midweek game against Motherwell,” he concluded.

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