Hibs have signed Scotland Under-21 international John McGinn for a “six-figure” sum of money.
The player joins the Easter Road club on a four-year deal after Hibs and St Mirren agreed a development fee for the 20-year-old, believed to be upwards of £100,000.
And Hibs head coach Stubbs immediately insisted the 20-year-old wasn’t arriving as a replacement for Rangers target Scott Allan, again underlining the Capital outfit’s determination he won’t be leaving for Ibrox despite having handed in a transfer request.
McGinn had been on the wanted list of a number of Premiership clubs and actually flew to Texas for a trial with MLS side Houston Dynamo after rejecting the offer of a new contract from the Buddies, who were said to be holding out for £200,000 as a development fee. But McGinn has been persuaded to become Stubbs’ fourth new signing of the summer, joining James Keatings, Dan Carmichael and Marvin Bartley at Easter Road where former Rangers youngster Rhys McCabe is also on trial.
A delighted Stubbs, who claimed the move was a “real coup” and a statement of intent as far as Hibs were concerned, said: “It tells you which way the club is going. It’s a fantastic signing for us. He is one of Scotland’s brightest talents and I think it is a real coup for the club. It was a substantial fee and I think that tells you where the club is and the direction we want to go in. It epitomises the belief we all have with each other going forward.”
Stubbs, who has, along with his coaching team of Andy Holden and John Doolan extended his own contract, was happy to have beaten off stiff competition including Owen Coyle’s Houston, the American club’s move stymied by MLS rules govering the number of foreign players.
He said: “John seems a really level-headed kid who enjoys football and knows exactly where he wants to go. There was a lot of interest from Premiership teams, America and from England, We are just glad we’ve managed to get his signature.”