Hearts have applied for a work permit to sign Ryotaro Meshino on-loan from Manchester City.
Meshino – who took in the Jambos’ weekend draw with Ross County – joined the English champions from J-League side Gamba Osaka earlier this month.
City boss Pep Guardiola doesn’t think he is ready for first-team action and wants him to get him first-team exposure up in Scotland.
Hearts have already agreed terms of the loan and now have to convince a work permit hearing that the Japanese midfielder would help enhance their squad.
Meshino doesn’t meet current work permit criteria because he has still to be capped by Japan.
City also believe that it would help the 21-year-old go to Hearts because their first-team coach Austin McPhee is also fluent in Japanese and that would also help him to settle.
Meanwhile Whelan has immediately targeted a return to European football with the Jambos after revealing that Craig Levein did a top job on selling the capital club to him.
The Republic of Ireland internationalist joined the Gorgie club on a one year deal subject to international clearance.
The 35 year-old who has 86 international caps admits that he is not in Scotland for a jolly and desperately wants to win. He said: “Once I knew Hearts were involved then It was something that I really had to think about.
“The manager’s been great, he’s given me a lot of time to think about things but for the last week or so I’ve been ready to go.
“The manager has been crucial to getting me up here, to be honest.
“He’s shown a lot of ambition in where he wants the club to go.
“I came up and trained with the lads for a couple of days last week and I was really impressed. I’m up here now and I’m ready to go to dig in and get some results.
“I’ve been successful throughout my career and this year I’m here now and I’m trying to achieve something as well.
“The manager’s spoken about trying to get into Europe and pushing on as high as we can.
“I’m not just up here to enjoy myself, I’m here to achieve something.
“I’m looking to do that with Hearts, a massive club in Scotland and in the Scottish Premiership.
“Everywhere I’ve went and throughout my career I’ve always achieved what I’ve wanted. Like I said, I’m not up here for a jolly up or a holiday.
“I’m up here to improve players, if I can, and to win games.”