Florian Kamberi: Hibs and St Gallen agree fee for striker
25-year-old close to departure
Florian Kamberi’s protracted exit from Hibs looks set to be completed in the next 24 hours after the Easter Road club and Swiss outfit St Gallen agreed a deal for the player.
A six-figure transfer fee and sell-on clause have been negotiated with the Super League side and the 25-year-old will now look to agree personal terms and complete his move back to Switzerland.
St Gallen finished second in the 2019/20 Swiss Super League behind champions Young Boys and will enter the 2020/21 Europa League competition in the third qualifying round.
Kamberi returned to East Mains for pre-season training in June but didn’t feature in any of the club’s pre-season matches after being given permission to return home to Switzerland last month to spend time with his family while mulling over his future. However, he is now back in Scotland and spent most of Monday discussing a move to St Gallen with his representatives.
The former Grasshopper Zurich striker has scored 30 goals in 84 appearances for the Capital club, signing a permanent deal after a successful loan spell in the second half of the 2017/18 season, but the relationship between him and Hibs soured following his comments about a “dream” loan move to Rangers in January this year.
Rangers proposed another season-long loan deal, with midfielder Greg Docherty returning to Hibs, in the opposite direction, but Kamberi intimated that he would prefer a permanent departure from Easter Road.
Hibs head coach Jack Ross branded the comments “unusual” in February, and earlier this summer confirmed the player was not part of his plans for the 2020/21 campaign.
Kamberi has one year of his contract at Hibs remaining and it is understood that the Hibees have recouped the money they spend on him in the summer of 2018 to prise him away from Grasshopper Zurich.