Hibs making progress on Ewan Henderson and Elias Melkersen deals but no move for Connor McGrandles or Toby Sibbick
Hibs are making progress in their attempts to sign Ewan Henderson of Celtic and Bodø/Glimt forward Elias Melkersen as the Easter Road side continues efforts to strengthen the playing squad.However the Evening News understands reports linking Lincoln City midfielder Connor McGrandles, Barnsley defender and former Hearts loanee Toby Sibbick, and Vålerenga winger Osame Sahraoui with Hibs are wide of the mark.
The 19-year-old has signed a long-term contract at Easter Road, tying him to the Capital club until the summer of 2026. © Elias Melkersen has signed a long-term deal with Hibs
Melkersen scored 19 goals in 29 games for Norwegian second-tier club Ranheim last year and is highly-rated in his homeland.
The Norway Under-20 internationalist can play anywhere across the front three and has been linked with Hibs since the weekend.
Hibs manager Shaun Maloney said: “Elias is a really talented young player who has genuine potential to play a big part and, ultimately, to be very successful at this club.
“We will have to give him time, of course, to adapt to our style of play as a team and also to our league, so we’ll be conscious of this.
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“He’s an exciting, attacking talent, technically good with both feet and he has good attributes to drop deeper on the pitch. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
Melkersen began his career at IL Stjørdals-Blink, and has also spent time on loan at IL Hödd, who currently play in Norway’s third division, as well as Glimt’s B team.
He will wear the number 34 shirt for Hibs.
Hibs are still working on deals for Arsenal defender Harry Clarke, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Ross County, and Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson, as Maloney continues to shape his squad for the second half of the season.
Elias Melkersen forced to wait to make Hibs debut amid work permit woes .
Elias Melkersen could be forced to wait to make his Hibs debut, with the Norwegian forward still waiting on a work permit allowing him to make his Scottish football bow.But Melkersen still hasn’t received clearance allowing him to be considered for Monday night’s Scottish Premiership clash at Celtic.