Hibs can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as it looks like Florian Kamberi is going nowhere for now.
Reports claim that the Swiss striker was the subject of interest from Basel in his homeland (Daily Record). They were said to be lining up a £2 million bid for Hibs’ main striker.
Now a new report has claimed that the Swiss side have dropped their interest as the fee Hibs want for their talisman is too high (Edinburgh Evening News).
He won’t be going to St Jakob-Park and that’s a good thing for the Easter Road side. Losing Kamberi at this stage would be nothing short of disastrous.
Hibs can’t replace Kamberi so it’s just as well the Basel deal is dead
Kamberi has netted an impressive five goals in seven games for Hibs this season (Transfermarkt). Losing their key source of goals this close to the transfer deadline would not go down well with fans.
Five goals in seven games shows that the striker is getting back to his best. With the aid of Scott Allan, he seems to be firing on all cylinders this season.
He has scored 27 goals in 64 games for the Leith side. Only six other strikers have managed that feat since 2000, with names such as Jason Cummings, Leigh Griffiths and Derek Riordan on the list.
The Swiss forward is their main striker. Christian Doidge is still adjusting to the Scottish game and doesn’t seem to be able to score at the rate Kamberi is currently firing at.
Oli Shaw is a promising forward but hasn’t started a match since February. It’s clear that Kamberi is the main man in Hibs’ striker department.
Paul Heckingbottom wouldn’t have got a replacement in for Kamberi, or at least one who would be near the Swiss forward’s level. Losing their main source of goals at this stage may have derailed Hibs’ season.
Kamberi’s an ambitious young footballer, he’ll have his eyes on a move to bigger things in the future. For now though he is a Hibee and keeping him happy will be key to their success this term.