French striker Moulaye Idrissa Ba could be on his way to Easter Road, according to reports in France.
The 24-year-old striker is out of contract after helping Bourg-Peronnas make the leap from the third tier of French football, the National League, to Ligue 2, a last day victory over Boulogne clinching promotion.
But while Bourg-Peronnas, a club based in the Rhone-Alps area of France, are keen to retain Ba, the well-respected French sports newspaper L’Equipe has reported that is by no means certain.
Talks, according to L’Equipe, have been taking place between Ba and fellow French club Dijon, who also operate in Ligue 2, but it was claimed the centre-forward, who can also play wide right or left, has “received offers from two clubs in recent days, Doncaster Rovers and Hibs.”
Ba is the latest name to be linked with a move to Easter Road where head coach Alan Stubbs is looking to revamp his squad. The contracts of first team regulars Liam Fontaine, Scott Robertson and Lewis Stevenson are about to expire while club skipper Liam Craig has been told he will not be offered a new deal.
The short-term contracts signed by Fraser Fyvie and Tomas Cerny in January as also coming to an end while Mark Oxley, Keith Watson and Martin Boyle, who were all on loan at Easter Road, will be returning to their parent clubs to sort out their futures.
Stubbs, however, is keen to extend the stay of a number of those players, hoping to persuade them to sign new deals. David Gray has been the first to do so, the newly appointed club captain agreeing a contract extension tying him to Hibs until the summer of 2017.
Fresh faces will also undoubtedly arrive with left back Clark Robertson, freed by Aberdeen, also being touted for a move to the Capital. Stubbs, however, has remained tight-lipped on possible targets, telling the Evening News: “I am getting names thrown at me left, right and centre.
“There will be names we might have an interest in, there will be some that we do not have an interest in. It’s that time of year I’m afraid and that’s going to happen.”