Hibs defender Ryan Porteous is a surprise target for Russian side FC Krasnodar, according to a report, as they eye a £1million swoop for the Hibees star.
According to the Scottish Sun, Porto’s performances for the Easter Road side have caught the eye of the Russians as he enters the final 18 months of his Hibs contract.
Krasnodar currently sit third in the Russian top-flight and a move to Krasnodar would undoubtedly see Porteous pocket a life-changing sum of money – similar to ex-Hibee Garry O’Connor who had a spell in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow.
With a number of the Easter Road first-team signing new contracts recently, Porteous has been notable as one who is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract despite his existing deal running down.
The 22-year-old clearly has something about him but sometimes he can let himself get carried away and make stupid mistakes on the pitch and leave his side in the lurch.
The chance to head out of Scotland and play somewhere that the focus on him might not be quite so strong could make a big difference to his development and allow Porteous to mature into the defender he is capable of becoming.
For his part, Porteous insisted earlier this week that he was “never” going to change how he plays – insisting if there was something wrong he’d have been told so by the likes of recently sacked Hibs manager Jack Ross, saying: “I’m never going to change. I’ve got to where I am because of who I am and how I play,”
“If it was ever a problem, I think people in this building would be telling me that.”
With a new manager imminent at Easter Road and the prospect of a £1million boost to their transfer kitty, Porteous might want to start digging out his Russian phrasebook and start brushing up on his Cyrillic script.
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