Hibs transfer deadline day: Florian Kamberi wanted by Rangers and Lech Poznan as significant development in Marc McNulty move

Hibees expected to be active on deadline day as Jack Ross tries to strengthen squad

By Mark Atkinson
Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:28 am
Florian Kamberi, left,and Marc McNulty were te am-mates at Hibs last season. Both players could be on the move on transfer-deadline day. Pic: SNS
Florian Kamberi, left,and Marc McNulty were te am-mates at Hibs last season. Both players could be on the move on transfer-deadline day. Pic: SNS

Rangers and Lech Poznan have both expressed an interest in signing Hibs forward Florian Kamberi before tonight's transfer window closes.

Polish club Lech had an offer for the 24-year-old rejected earlier this month, but have come back in with an improved offer, which is understood to be loan deal with an option to buy this summer.

However, Rangers - who are keen to bolster their attack after their striker Jermain Defoe picked up an injury on Wednesday night - have also approached Hibs with a deal to take Kamberi to Ibrox on loan until the end of the season.

Kamberi, who recently declared his international allegiance to Albania, has scored eight goals in 27 appearances for Hibs this season. He has recently been used as a wide forward by head coach Jack Ross, but, as things stand, he and Christian Doidge are Hibs' only two senior forwards on the books.

However, Hibs are are now in pole position to bring back Marc McNulty after last season's successful loan spell. The Scot has a strong desire to move back to Easter Road and with Sunderland late last night deciding to terminate his current loan deal with Reading, it paves the way for the 27-year-old to return on loan. A successful move for McNulty would free up Kamberi to move west to Rangers. McNulty has found game-time limited on Wearside and, ironically, was signed for the Black Cats by current Hibs head coach Jack Ross.

Hibs are expected to confirm the signing of St Mirren defender Paul McGinn after the two clubs agreed on a five-figure fee. The 29-year-old is primarily a right-back, but can play in other positions and will cover for the injured duo of Jason Naismith and Ryan Porteous. The brother of former Hibs player John was due to complete his medical and contractual formalities yesterday.

Young midfielder Fraser Murray is wanted by Dundee, with their manager James McPake keen to have the 20-year-old signed for the remainder of the season on loan.

Hibs are also looking at options to reinforce their midfield, with a defensive-minded player on their wish-list. Their hierarchy has always admired Greg Docherty, who has been linked as a possible loan makeweight in the aforementioned Florian Kamberi deal. However, he is also wanted by clubs in England such as Charlton and Sunderland. Although the signing of Stephane Omeonga earlier in the window has strengthened Hibs’ options in that department, they do want to add more.