Jack Ross has addressed interest in two of his key men, Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous, with English Championship clubs Birmingham City and Millwall eyeing moves.

Birmingham City have tabled a deal in the region of £2 million for the in-form striker while Millwall have put forward a fee of around £1 million for Hibs’ academy product. But the Hibees have no need to sell.

Birmingham City want Hibs' Nisbet

Birmingham City want Nisbet (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And while manager Ross has confirmed interest, he can’t rule out the possibility of Easter Road departures: “The club has had some stronger interest in players over the last couple of days or so.

“That’s accelerated a bit but at the moment Kevin and Ryan trained with me this morning and are in the plans for tomorrow’s game against Dundee United. I don’t see that changing over the next 24 hours and they are in my plans for tomorrow.

“Selfishly as a manager I want to keep my best players, particularly when we have so much to play for over the remaining games. But equally I can accept that we have to continue to progress the club in the most effective matter from an economic point of view.

Millwall want Porteous

Millwall want Hibs’ Porteous. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The timing aspect of it, if you speak to any manager they will tell you if they are going to lose important players, they would rather lose their players earlier in the window than later. As the window shuts over the weekend too, it makes things a bit more challenging too.

“I have regular contact with Ron Gordon (Hibs chairman). The club has the financial challenges that every club has faced in an effective way. That gives confidence that they wouldn’t need to do anything they wouldn’t want to and that’s encouraging for me.”

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