Former Premier League midfielder Glenn Whelan has agreed to join Fleetwood Town for the rest of the season as reported by the Irish independent.
The thirty-six-year-old was released by Hearts earlier this month in controversial circumstances by new boss Daniel Stendel and is currently a free agent.
Luton are also thought to be interested in the Republic of Ireland international, but the report claims Fleetwood boss Joey Barton moved quickly to capture his former teammate.
Barton played with Whelan at Manchester City and offered him the chance to train at the League One outfit before offering him a deal.
Whelan is perhaps best known for his spell at Stoke City. He made almost three-hundred league appearances for the Potters in a nine-year period that saw them promoted to the Premier League and reach an FA Cup Final.
The defensive-midfielder left Stoke for Aston Villa in 2017, and in two seasons at Villa Park, he made sixty-eight league outings, helping the club back to the Premier League before moving to Hearts.
According to the report, Whelan has joined the Cod Army with a view to getting the matches he needs to keep his place in the Ireland team for the Euro 2020 play-off in March.
Could be a decent signing for Fleetwood.
Whelan’s already made twenty-one appearances for Hearts this season so should be fit and raring to go.
There is no doubt he will add some steel as well as experience to Joey Barton’s engine room.