Hibs expect to make at least two new signings before the transfer window shuts tonight – but Leigh Griffiths won’t be one of them.
Alan Stubbs has lined up both Southampton striker Jake Sinclair and Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch, but it is understood the Easter Road club is also pursuing other targets, with the head coach likely to be without top scorer Farid El Alagui until after Christmas due to an suspected ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
Speculation had been rife that Griffiths, who scored 28 goals for Hibs the season before last while on loan from Wolves, would return to Easter Road on a similar arrangement, but after the striker claimed Celtic’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Dundee yesterday, Hoops boss Ronny Deila ruled out any such move. “He is going to stay as well,” said the Norweigian in reference to Griffiths.
However, 19-year-old Sinclair, the younger brother of Manchester City’s Scott, and Scotland Under-21 star McGeouch, were both poised to agree loan deals with Hibs today.
Sinclair has made only one first-team appearance for the Saints, replacing Emmanuel Mayuka in a 5-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnsley last season, while 21-year-old McGeouch, a former Rangers signing, burst on to the scene at Celtic three seasons ago, scoring in his second game, a 5-0 win over St Mirren.
But since then he’s been unable to pin down a regular first-team place in Glasgow and spent last season on loan at Coventry before returning north to make his only appearance of this season for Celtic in their 1-0 defeat by Inverness Caley last week.