Hibs linked with Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe

Liam Sercombe dropped out of the Oxford team towards the end of the season

Liam Sercombe dropped out of the Oxford team towards the end of the season

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Hibs have been credited with an interest in influential Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe.

The 27-year-old is available to leave the Kassam Stadium after a fallout with manager Michael Appleton although the League One club will seek a fee in excess of £100,000.

Sercombe joined Oxford two years ago from Exeter City, the club at which he started his career and made more than 250 appearances. The attacking midfielder scored 17 goals in his first season with the U’s as they won promotion from League Two. He continued to be a prominent player for Oxford over the past season, starting regularly and contributing five goals as they finished eighth in League One. However, he was frozen out for the last month of the campaign for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Appleton confirmed that the only reason they triggered a one-year extension of his contract was to ensure they were guaranteed a fee from his next club.

“We’ve had quite a few enquiries regarding him,” said the Oxford manager.

“No-one has made an offer yet, but I’m expecting one club to shortly. We’ve had a lot of people enquire about whether he’s available. Obviously the answer is yes, but there will be a fee involved.”

Charlton Athletic and Luton Town are also keen on Sercombe, but indications over the weekend are that Hibs have moved to the front of the queue. Manager Neil Lennon has already stated that he is eager to add a goalscoring midfielder for his team’s return to the Premiership and Sercombe, who has netted 45 times in his career, would appear to fit the bill.

Meanwhile, the future of another Hibs target, Simon Murray, is set to become clearer after his campaign with Dundee United concluded on Sunday. Lennon is an admirer of the 25-year-old striker, who is available to move under freedom of contract as his deal at Tannadice expires this summer.

The Easter Road club have also been linked with Anthony Stokes, Kris Commons, Shaun Maloney, Steven Whittaker and Piotr Parzyszek in recent weeks, while they are working to retain goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and defender Efe Ambrose after they played their part in securing promotion to the Premiership over the past season. 
Danny Swanson has already been signed on a pre-contract from St Johnstone.