HEARTS’ misfit frontman Juanma Delgado is on the verge of finalising a move to Japanese club V-Varen Nagasaki.
The Spanish striker is due in the Far East to undergo a medical with the second tier outfit before they discuss the player’s personal terms.
It is likely Juanma, who has 18 months left to run on his Tynecastle deal, will sign a permanent contract with new Head Coach Ian Cathro satisfied for the club to cut their losses on the 26-year-old attacker.
A statement on the V-Varen website suggested an agreement had already been struck, welcoming Juanma to the club for the 2017 campaign, however sources have confirmed the claim was premature.
Juanma netted 13 goals and was Hearts’ top scorer last season following his arrival from Greek side Kalloni. However, he scored only four times in the second half of the campaign as his form dipped alarmingly.
Ex-boss Robbie Neilson sent him out on loan to Spanish Second Division outfit UCAM Murcia in August. However he has scored just three times for the side currently sitting second bottom of the league.
Hearts have already sent ex-Celt Tony Watt back to Charlton this month after he failed to impress during his loan stint at the Edinburgh side.