Hibs go into Thursday’s transfer deadline day in fine fettle, with most areas of the pitch strengthened well before the window closes.
Evening News columnist Michael Weir intimated on Monday that he would like to see another winger come into the squad, but with Brandon Barker and Martin Boyle already in situ and Danny Swanson able to cover the left flank, that scenario seems unlikely.
The only probable transfer in is that of Kris Commons, who is a free agent since leaving Celtic. However, that deal can be struck after Thursday’s deadline and will hinge on the 34-year-old attacker’s fitness.
Hibs’ main goal now is to hold on to one of their prized possessions.
Midfielder John McGinn is the subject of interest from English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The Hibees booted out a £750,000 bid for the Scotland internationalist over the weekend and head coach Neil Lennon values him far, far higher.
The £5million Lennon quoted on Sunday may have been slightly tongue-in-cheek, but Forest will need to up their game significantly if they want to land the 22-year-old. McGinn still has two years on his contract and his former club, St Mirren, are due to land a percentage of any future transfer fee. An offer of at least £2m will be needed to even catch Hibs’ eye.
Youngster Scott Martin could depart on loan. The combative midfielder’s route to the Hibs first-team is barred by more senior players and his development would be helped with a spell away from Easter Road.
Teenagers Oli Shaw and Ryan Porteous are another two that could earn temporary transfers before 11pm on Thursday. Striker Shaw has not been involved in the first-team squad recently and despite Porteous’ clear potential, a loan move to Dumbarton has been mooted throughout the summer. However, the 18-year-old’s performances in pre-season and the Betfred Cup may have persuaded Lennon to keep him in his plans.