Hibs manager Jack Ross has confirmed the club are close to completing a move for St Mirren captain Kyle Magennis.

Earlier this week, the Hibees had a ‘substantial’ offer according to St Mirren rejected. Buddies boss Jim Goodwin was adamant his skipper was going nowhere on Thursday but things have taken a turn over the last 24 hours.

Kyle Magennis is about to move from St Mirren (Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Magennis was in attendance at Easter Road as Hibs got back to winning ways over Hamilton on Friday night. A Kevin Nisbet double and Paul Hanlon header handed Ross a win, surviving a late scare as Hamilton scored two in the last 20 minutes through Ross Callachan and a Ryan Porteous own goal.

Whilst not formally done, Ross says it’s close to completion as he reflected on his side’s latest victory: “I don’t think it’s quite formalised yet, but I would hope we would have it all concluded by Saturday morning.

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“I’d be delighted and excited if we could do it. He’s a player I gave his debut to at St Mirren and I’ve known him since he was a youngster. It would be a great addition for us.

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Ross would love to add Magennis. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“He fits the profile we had with Kevin [Nisbet] – a young Scottish player we think can improve and grow with us and potentially benefit us too in future. There’s always a risk with every signing but we feel everything Kyle has attribute-wise is that he’s worth it.

“It was a bit more nervy than I’d have anticipated considering how well we played. It was slightly strange having to run the ball into the corner to make sure we won the game. But a lot of credit goes to Brian [Rice, Hamilton manager] and his team for that, not many teams would have the energy to keep going at 3-0 down.

“But I’m loath to criticise the players because lots of the performance was really good. I really enjoyed it and we created a lot in the game.”

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