Hibs boss to take longer look at trialist Skagestad

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Norwegian defender Edvard Skagested is to enjoy an extended trial with Hibs as boss Alan Stubbs continues his quest to strengthen his Easter Road squad during the January transfer window.

Stubbs admitted he’s been delighted to seal three deals in the first week of the new year, signing Ivory Coast striker Franck Dja Djedje on an 18-month contract, capturing Dundee forward Martin Boyle on loan and ensuring goalkeeper Mark Oxley remains in Edinburgh until the end of the season.

The head coach, however, remains on the look out for another experienced goalkeeper to provide Oxley with competition and hopes to add further new faces before the end of the month.

Skagested, pictured, and Finnish striker Roope Riski both played in a bounce match against St Mirren with the 23-yera-old Riski scoring in a 2-1 win but, the Evening News understands, Stubbs won’t be pursuing his interest.

He said: “We’ve had a couple of lads in. One’s gone and one’s still here for a couple more days so we’ll decide what we are going to do over the next few days. As the window goes on and as long as it’s open we’re going to be linked with players coming in but not necessarily all of them are going to be true.

“We’ll just keep going and we’ll let everybody know if something happens.”

However, Stubbs’ defensive options will be reduced with right back David Gray facing an operation on Monday on the groin problem which has been dogging him for a number of weeks and the versatility of Stagstedt, who has played in almost every position for his club, Swedish outfit IFK Norrkoping, although predominantly a centre-half or right back would obviously be appealing.

Stubbs, though, was quick to heap praise on his current players with Callum Booth having stepped in to replace Gray in Hibs last three matches. He said: “I’ve got to be very honest and say when the lads who are here have come into the team they’ve never let anybody down.

“That is important, so if nothing changes I’m very comfortable with the way the team are and very comfortable with how we are playing and very comfortable with who we have to come on if someone gets injured.”

Stubbs also knows he will have striker Farid El Alagui, out with a torn Achilles tendon since August, back at some stage although, he insisted, he won’t be rushing the former Falkirk player back into action. He said: “He’s going great, he’s doing really well and he’s ahead of where he should be.

“When Farid is ready to make his comeback and start training with us then we’ll all be delighted. We’ll all be really happy for him because it’s been a tough road and he’s now getting towards the end which can sometimes be the most difficult part of the rehab. He feels like he is so close, but it can feel like he’s so far away at times.”