Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted that the Jambos need to be patient waiting on a decision from veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan over whether he’ll join the Tynecastle side or not.
Whelan trained with Levein’s side last week but the Heart boss knows the Irishman faces a big decision to move from his wife and family.
With those concerns in mind, Levein is prepared to wait for an answer to make sure Whelan is fully committed before putting pen to paper on a contract.
“Glenn came over and trained for a day with us last week and we had a chat,” Levein told the Evening News.
“It’s a big move for him as it’s the first time he’ll have moved away from his home. Everywhere he’s been in England he’s stayed in the same place, he’s never been away from his wife and family. That’s something he is considering and I get it.
“We have to be patient because I don’t want him to come if he’s not right or he’s worried about what’s going on back home.”
The Jambos have made no secret of their wish to add more depth to their midfield and Levein was forced to play Sean Clare and Andy Irving at the base of his midfield against Aberdeen last weekend.
Getting Whelan in would be a good signing for Hearts and would add some real experience to a squad short on top-level experience outside of Scotland.
With 325 Premier League games and 86 Ireland caps under his belt, there are few players anywhere in Scotland who bring the sort of exeprience the veteran midfielder would if he signs up at Tynecastle.