A reported loan move to Hearts for Manchester City prospect Ryotaro Meshino hangs in the balance over a work permit reportedly.
Edinburgh Live had reported recently that the Japanese attacker was in talks with the Jambos over a temporary switch.
Now the Daily Record are reporting that terms have been agreed. All that is left to be resolved is a work permit.
The Gorgie club need to convince a work permit hearing that the 21-year-old would benefit their squad.
Hearts have suffered with work permit problems recently
The reason Meshino doesn’t qualify for one just now is that he hasn’t been capped by Japan.
Interestingly enough, a somewhat strange link has convinced City to send Meshino to Tynecastle. Jambos assistant Austin MacPhee is fluent in Japanese, which they think would help their young attacker settle into UK life quicker.
Hearts have suffered work permit troubles recently. The Edinburgh Evening News reported that former target Cletus Nombil had his UK work permit rejected this summer.
Nombil doesn’t hold a European passport and has not played at international level. Hearts made the case for him reportedly on the basis Nombil is an “exceptional talent”.
A four man panel dismissed it as there wasn’t a majority decision. It left the player with no choice but to move on and Hearts had to look elsewhere for talent.
Both Manchester City and Hearts will hope for a better outcome this time. Meshino was only signed by the Citizens this summer, so they clearly see him as an exceptional talent.
Tynecastle could be the place where he shows what he can bring to the Etihad in the coming years. For now though, it seems like his biggest battle will be to obtain a work permit.