El Alagui close – but Hibs still want new striker

Jason Cummings, right, congratulates fellow goalscorer James Keatings after the striker put Hibs ahead against Raith Rovers. Pic: Toby Williams
Jason Cummings, right, congratulates fellow goalscorer James Keatings after the striker put Hibs ahead against Raith Rovers. Pic: Toby Williams
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A NEW striker remains on Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs’ wishlist – despite the impending return to action of forward Farid El Alagui.

Stubbs hopes to add another hitman to his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow evening.

He revealed today that El Alagui – out since having knee surgery in the summer – is inching his way towards full fitness, leaving the Easter Road boss with the prospect of a formidable strikeforce at his disposal, Jason Cummings and James Keatings – with his first goal for the club – having both scored in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Raith Rovers. Stubbs said: “We’re still looking. I am happy with what we have got but obviously our intentions are to bring someone else in. We have been working very hard to try to do that, there are still things we can potentially do. We are not quite a bit down the road in negotiations but in identifying players so from that point of view that’s a good start if you have someone in mind.”

And, while El Alagui appears to have faded from the memory of some, Stubbs insisted the player is still very much in the forefront of his mind.

He said: “Farid is not in the plans because he is not ready yet. He won’t be rushed. He will be ready when he is ready and he will tell us when that is. He is making progress, probably more so in the last couple of days than he has over the last three or four weeks, which is a good sign.

“We’ll just keep progressing him and moving him in the right direction so that when he does come back he gives us another good option.”