Hibs trial for Ipswich Town’s Josh Carson

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Hibs are on the trail of Northern Ireland star Josh Carson as Easter Road boss Pat Fenlon seeks to bring in a winger before the summer transfer window slams shut.

The 20-year-old Ipswich Town player, right, has been training at East Mains after being told by Portman Road manager Mick McCarthy that he’s free to find another club.

Fenlon, who has both Paul Cairney and Alex Harris sidelined long term with ankle injuries, has been searching for a wide man and missed out on former Celtic star Paddy McCourt, who trained with his squad for almost a fortnight before signing for English Championship side Barnsley.

Ballymena-born Carson joined the Tractor Boys’ academy in 2009, signing a two-year professional contract 18 months later, scoring his first two goals for the Tractor Boys in only his third appearance, a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, before netting his third within a week, the only goal of the game against Bristol City.

Carson, who has four full caps for Northern Ireland having played at every level from under-16 to under-21, signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further year in

February 2012 before going on loan with York City, only to have that spell cut short as he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken foot.

But now Carson has been deemed surplus to requirements in East Anglia. Confirming Hibs’ interest, McCarthy said: “He went to Notts County, played in an under-21 game and has come back here. Now Hibs are having a look at him. He is available to go from here.”

Meanwhile, Hibs kid Danny Handling has been named in Scotland’s Under-21 squad for the first time and will travel to face Holland in

Nijmegen’s Stadion De Goffert next Thursday as the young Scots head into their second European Championship qualifying match hoping to build on their 3-0 win over Luxembourg in March.