Ireland U21 international Conor Shaughnessy is set to join Scottish club Hearts on loan from Championship leaders Leeds United according to reports.
According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Shaughnessy is due in Edinburgh today to finalise the move which will allow him to link up with the Hearts squad for their training camp in Spain.
The 22-year old has had a difficult season at Elland Road which has largely been affected by injury, only appearing once under Marcelo Bielsa in August, having fallen down the pecking order at the Yorkshire club.
Shaughnessy had impressed last season when given an opportunity in the first team, appearing 14 times in what was a difficult campaign for Leeds.
The defender has three caps for the Irish U21s side and speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena in September outlined that he always enjoyed representing his country at any level.
“I’ve loved every minute of my time with the Ireland set-up, from way back at under 15 level playing my first game in Qatar to playing recently against Germany with the u21s where we got a bit of a hammering from a good team.
“It’s always a moment of pride putting on the green jersey.
“As far back as I can remember it’s always been a dream of mine to represent my country.”
The move to Scotland should represent a good opportunity for Shaughnessy to continue his development and gain vital first-team experience at a high level.
It may also represent a chance for him to build up a partnership with fellow Irish defender Jimmy Dunne who is also on loan at the Edinburgh club from Premier League side Burnley.