Hearts are seeking to strengthen their ties with Manchester City.
Hearts have agreed a deal to take new Blue Ryotaro Meshino on loan.
"I think it's part of our recruitment strategy, for want of a better word, to try to make these links," owner Ann Budge told the website.
“With Meshino, the fact Manchester City have agreed to this deal is a reflection of the training facilities we have and the way we look after the players.
"So these are things we obviously try to promote. It can be beneficial for both clubs and the player, so it's something we work hard on. I think when you try to grow any kind of business, you have to put a lot of effort into partnerships, whether it's a supplier, a customer or whatever.
“And if you choose the right ones they can be very beneficial."