Hibs have reportedly beaten Aberdeen to the signature of Funso Ojo.
The BBC have reported that both the Dons and the Hibees had bids of around £125k accepted for the Scunthorpe midfielder.
It looks as if Hibs are the team of Ojo’s choice. BBC Humberside journalist Mike White has claimed the Belgian has opted for Paul Heckingbottom’s men over a Pittodrie switch.
There are two big positives to take from this deal.
Ojo gives Hibs a needed midfield option and shows they have pulling power
It’s a bit of a shock that this deal is still alive, never mind reportedly nearing completion. Hibs boss Heckingbottom shot the move down less than a month ago.
Speaking to the BBC he said: “There is nothing we can do – the Ojo deal is dead.”
Now it’s suddenly alive again seemingly. It’s credit to the Hibs recruitment staff that they’ve been able to fly this deal very carefully under the radar.
The first big positive is it shows Hibs’ pulling power. Ojo could have opted for Aberdeen, European football and the promise of state of the art training facilities and a fancy new stadium to play in within the next few years.
Instead he has opted for Hibs, a club fuelled with optimism in the aftermath of Ron Gordon’s takeover. Hibs can’t offer as much as the Dons on the park this season with no European football, but they’ve still manged to beat them to his signature it seems.
More importantly, it eases midfield worries. Stephen Mallan and Scott Allan are the Easter Road outfit’s only two senior midfielders fit to play right now. Vykintas Slivka may miss the start of the Premiership campaign due to injury, Heckingbottom has confirmed to the Edinburgh Evening News.
They’ve also not replaced Marvin Bartley, Mark Milligan or Stephane Omeonga yet, who all left the club in the summer.
Ojo will do a job of providing midfield cover to the defence, which the departed Hibees did so well last term. To make the midfield complete, Heckingbottom probably needs another central midfielder along with Ojo, another who’s defensive-minded, so that the engine room isn’t too attack heavy.
A deal for Belgian midfielder Ojo definitely brings plenty of positives to Easter Road.