Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan is reportedly in talks with Scottish Premiership side Hearts over a potential move following his Aston Villa release.
According to the Scotsman, Hearts are looking for holding midfield options to cover for the injured Peter Haring, with the 35-year old viewed as the perfect candidate to fill the gap.
The report also outlines that Whelan is currently in Edinburgh and is speaking with club management and being shown around the facilities.
Whelan was released from Villa at the end of last season after helping Dean Smith’s side to promotion back to the Premier League after a succesful run in the playoffs.
The Irish international was seen as a key part of their promotion run, playing 35 games in the season, the majority of them as a starter, and proving the perfect base in midfield for the likes of John McGinn, Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish.
Whelan’s resurgence at Villa Park also saw him recalled to the Irish setup under Mick McCarthy with the former Stoke man impressing in games against Georgia and Denmark.
The 35-year old had been linked with moves to a handful of Championship sides including the likes of Blackburn and Cardiff as well as turning down a potential move to Cyprus.
Speaking about his release in June, Whelan outlined that his release didn’t come as a surprise when he found out;
“I had two years at Aston Villa to get them back in the Premier League. For me it’s mission complete. To be released wasn’t a surprise at this stage of my career and where the club wants to go. I’m very pleased with what I’ve achieved over the last two seasons.”