Hibs close in on Elias Melkersen and Celtic’s Ewan Henderson – with checkbook open for Norwegian striker

Ewan Henderson is set to move from Celtic to Hibs.

Seeking to complete the loan acquisition of Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke within the next 24 hours, the Leith club will be hoping Elias Melkersen and Ewan Henderson will follow soon.

It is understood that the two are aligned and should put pen to paper in the coming days.

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According to sources, this will signal a serious intention as the Norwegian striker comes at a considerable price. Speculation suggests that the asking price for the 19-year-old is around £350,000 but it is believed Hibs had to significantly exceed that valuation to land their man.

But they think the promising teenager is a solid long-term investment.

One of the players identified by owner Ron Gordon’s son Ian, who is the club’s chief recruiting officer, striker Bodo/Glimt, who has been loaned to Norway’s second-tier side Ranheim, has also been granted the approval of new manager Shaun Maloney, with the club hoping to complete the deal within the next two or three days.

Selected from the Norwegian Under-20s, he scored two out of three games for his country. He has also scored 17 goals in 26 club appearances this term and while he will provide immediate strength and depth to Leith’s strike force, he also fits the club’s plan, which focuses on providing legs fresh and ambitious young players who can grow and add value. to the team and to themselves.

Ewan Henderson is another who fits that profile and it is understood the capital club are closing in on a deal with Celtic to bring the 21-year-old brother of 2016 Scottish Cup hero Liam along the line. M8.

Out of contract at Celtic Park in the summer, he was told he was free to move on, and clubs in Italy, where his brother currently plays for Serie A side Empoli, have expressed interest, but Hibs look set to win the battle for the player Maloney previously coached as part of the Glasgow club’s youth roster.

Identifying him primarily as a No 10, he has the drive and ingenuity to help unlock defences, further improving the Hibs’ attacking options and they are looking to improve their form from the first half of the season. league.

But the ins and outs are unlikely to end there. Alex Gogic has already been told he is free to leave and won’t be the last, while the club are keen to add depth to the defence, well aware of the demands all top tier teams face when play will resume.

And, with Hibs back in training today after a short festive break, there’s a desire to get new signings in as quickly as possible, giving Maloney time to work with them and help them settle in. mingle with their colleagues before returning to competitive action on Jan. 17.

Having climbed fifth place with two wins in their final two games before the earlier than expected winter shutdown, the Scottish Premiership side are keen to make an immediate impact on the second half of the Championship campaign as they aim European qualification places.


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