Nigeria left-back Juwon Oshaniwa has signed for Hearts on a three-year contract saying he is advancing his career by moving to Scottish football.
The 24-year-old World Cup defender has spent the last three years with Ironi Ashdod in Israel’s Premier League.
“I am happy because I have made a big step in my career by joining Hearts,” Oshaniwa told BBC Sport.
“Starting from Nigeria and playing in Israel to land here in Scotland is a big progress for my career.”
Oshaniwa, who has 17 caps, played in all of the Super Eagles’ matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But he only made 13 appearances last season as Ashdod suffered relegation from Israel’s top flight.
“I thank God for the opportunity,” said Oshaniwa of his move to Edinburgh. “I also thank Hearts too for the confidence and determination to bring me here.
“My immediate focus is to give my best and hopefully achieve many success stories with the club.”
Oshaniwa only joined his new team-mates in training for the first time on Saturday morning and Hearts are still awaiting international clearance.