Alan Stubbs is confident that Hibs will have at least one new goalkeeper signed by the end of this week.
The Easter Road side have no senior keepers on their books after the contracts of Mark Oxley, Tomas Cerny and Kleton Perntreou expired at the end of the season. However, Stubbs is optimistic that he will soon have that department of his team resolved, with movement expected as early as today.
Asked about the goalkeeping situation, he said: “We’re very close. I would assume over the next 48, 72 hours something will happen. If it goes the way our negotiations have gone, I’d be very hopeful of having at least one in by the end of the week.”
Stubbs refused to be drawn on speculation linking Hibs with a move to bring back former keeper Ben Williams, while he said that Oxley, who was released by parent club Hull City after spending last season on loan at Easter Road, is “still an option as long as he doesn’t have a club”.
Aside from recruiting some goalkeepers, Stubbs has earmarked central midfield as the area that requires at least one new addition following the departures of Liam Craig, Scott Robertson and Dylan McGeouch. Fraser Fyvie has already been re-signed, while Dan Carmichael can operate in midfield, but Stubbs feels he still needs at least one other player for his engine room.
“Midfield is an area we would like to strengthen, Fraser is like a new signing but we will need to bring in another central midfield player,” he said. “We’re trying to be as active as we possibly can but we also have a budget to work within.”
Meanwhile, former Raith Rovers defender Paul Watson is expected to join Hibs on a trial basis on the return for pre-season today. The centre-back was a standout at Stark’s Park last season but declined the chance to extend his two-year stay in Kirkcaldy. The 24-year-old previously played for Livingston after a spell in the youth ranks at Ipswich Town.