Hibs eyeing up McManus and Wylde

Stephen McManus in action for Scotland. Picture: SNS
Stephen McManus in action for Scotland. Picture: SNS
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HIBS manager Pat Fenlon will step up his search for new faces later this week, with former Celtic and Scotland defender Stephen McManus believed to be at the top of his wanted list.

The Easter Road players 
return to pre-season training on Monday, after just a three-week break, and Fenlon is keen to add the 30-year-old to his pool.

McManus is a free agent after his three-year contract at Middlesbrough expired at the end of last season. The defender was loaned out to Bristol City for part of the last campaign and made just 21 appearances in total for both sides.

Fenlon is also believed to be interested in bringing former Rangers and Bolton wide man Gregg Wylde to Easter Road. After failing to win a first-team spot at Bolton, the 22-year-old left-footer was linked with a move to Easter Road in January, with Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, who had him on loan, claiming the player would be heading to Hibs.

Although a move did not materialise at that time, Fenlon has kept an eye on the player’s situation and could be set to swoop after he was released by Bolton.

The Easter Road club will 
officially unveil former St Johnstone star Liam Craig when they return on Monday, while felloe midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has also signed.