Neil Lennon confirms Hibs ‘close to deal’ for Genoa midfielder Stephane Omeonga

Stephane Omeonga in the thick of the action for Genoa against S.P.A.L. in a Serie A clash. Picture: Getty Images
Stephane Omeonga in the thick of the action for Genoa against S.P.A.L. in a Serie A clash. Picture: Getty Images
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Hibs are close to securing a loan deal for Genoa and Belgium Under-21 midfielder Stephane Omeonga, according to Neil Lennon.

The Easter Road boss said ahead of the Capital club’s Scottish Cup meeting with League Two side Elgin City that a move was close.

Lennon said: “According to Genoa, it’s done, but it’s not quite over the line just yet.”

Reports in Italy on Friday morning suggested that a deal had been completed for the former Anderlecht youngster to join on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Genoa assistant boss Marco Pellegri was quoted as saying: “Stephane said goodbye to his bosses, coaches and teammates before the training session at Centro Signorini this morning.

“He emptied his locker in the dressing-room of his personal effects.

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“A new professional adventure awaits him in Scotland, unless any hitches prevent the deal from being done.”

Speaking about what Omeonga would bring to the Hibs side, Lennon added: “He’s got good energy.

“He will bring legs, particularly in the middle of the park. He’s got a good calibre, he played a lot of games at Serie A level last year.”

The 22-year-old has been capped five times by Belgium Under-21s, and joined Avellino before switching to Genoa in 2017.

He has made 17 appearances in total for the northern Italian side, his last of which was on December 6 against Virtus Entella in the Coppa Italia.