Transfer deadline day Scotland: Hibs sign USA international; Hearts have final Paterson bid rejected

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The January transfer window is now closed. Hibs have been active in the market, signing an international striker and rejecting advances for Kevin Nisbet and Josh Campbell. Hearts had a late bid rejected for Callum Paterson by Sheffield Wednesday.

It’s three in, 11 out for Hibs in January. Three in, three out for Hearts.

Transfer deadline day headlines

Key Events

  • Hibs sign American international striker on loan
  • Hearts' final bid for Paterson rejected
  • Hibs reject offer for Nisbet from Wigan
  • Johnson exits Hibs for Texas
  • Rangers and Aberdeen complete signings
  • Lafferty exits Kilmarnock
  • United set for £3m Souttar windfall
  • FC Edinburgh complete Mercer deal
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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has ruled out any late signings after largely doing his business early in the month.

“There won’t be any other incomings,” he said. “In terms of outgoings there are still some things happening in the background but nothing confirmed yet.”

Talks are continuing over a potential move out of Glasgow for Greece striker Giorgos Giakoumakis.

“We are getting to the tail end of it one way or another and we will get a conclusion in the next 24 hours,” Postecoglou said. “Nothing concluded yet, just ongoing discussions.”

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St Johnstone are set to land Dundee striker Zak Rudden on loan and could add more newcomers.

Manager Callum Davidson said: “The chairman has been fantastic, he has backed me to get players but I will only bring them in to improve the squad. We have had a few knockbacks but we will still be trying to 12 o’clock tonight.”

Davidson added: “There possibly could be a couple of players going out. It is important we keep the freshness.”

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Robbie Neilson hasn’t ruled out late activiety but admitted it will be difficult to complete any late transfers.

“We’re interested in a number of players but it’s very quiet at the minute so we’ll see how the last 12 hours go,” he said. “There’s a couple we’re looking at but it’s late in the window. We’re trying but it will be difficult.

“I’m definitely happy with what we’ve got just now. I think we’ve got a really good squad. I’d like to add one more but the key thing is they have to be at a level that’s going to improve the squad and are not just coming in as a number.”

Neilson would not comment on the chances of an immediate move for Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Paterson and does not anticipate departures from Tynecastle.

“Unless anyone comes in that’s paying us big money, then nobody will be going anywhere,” he said.

Barry Anderson has a Hearts injury update ahead of tomorrow’s Rangers clash, with Andy Halliday and James Hill both fit to return .

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We understand FC Edinburgh boss Alan Maybury remains “hopeful” of adding to the squad before tonight’s midnight deadline. However, a couple of targets he had spoken to have gone elsewhere.

Midfielder Kyle Jacobs, who had been on loan from Morton, has signed a permanent deal until the end of the season following his release from the Championship club. As it stands, that is the only piece of business so far by the Capital outfit.

In terms of outgoings, on-loan Hibs trio Emmanuel Johnson, Allan Delferriere and Jack Brydon have all left Meadowbank.

American winger Johnson, who remains under contract with the Easter Road club, has returned to the States to join MLS side Austin FC and defender Brydon has teamed up with former midfield powerhouse Marvin Bartley at Queen of the South, putting pen to paper on a two-and-half-year deal.

Mark Docherty, another defender, has also had his contract terminated by mutual consent and has joined Forfar while young forward Nicky Reid has signed for Lowland League title hopefuls Tranent Juniors on a permanent basis.

Motherwell have announced the departure of Sondre Solholm. The Norwegian defender has returned to his homeland to join up with Odds BK for an undisclosed fee after spending the last 18 months at Fir Park.

Rangers have completed the signing of Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin. The 21-year-old was one of Michael Beale’s top January targets and Rangers had two offers knocked back by their Belgian counterparts. However, both clubs have finally struck an agreement and Raskin arrived at Auchenhowie this afternoon to rubber-stamp his move. He’s officially a Rangers player.

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In case you missed it earlier.

Aberdeen confirmed the first Premiership signing on deadline day by bringing in Ajax goalkeeper Jay Gorter. The 22-year-old made more than 40 appearances for Go Ahead Eagles before joining Ajax in the summer of 2021 and he arrives at Pittodrie on loan until the end of the season.

A Dons statement read: “Ajax have high hopes for the young keeper who arrives at Pittodrie to compete for the number one jersey with Joe Lewis and fellow Dutchman Kelle Roos once he is fit again.”

Hibs midfielder Josh Campbell, who has been attracting interest today, has now been named has Star Man in the SPFL team of the week. After a hat-trick and two assists against Aberdeen, he was a stick on. Maybe that will add to his transfer value even more.

Josh Mullin has signed for Ayr United until the end of the season, following his departure from Livingston.

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