Hibernian manager Lee Johnson is confident Will Fish will return to Easter Road as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
The defender impressed on loan from Manchester United last season and made 21 appearances for the club as they secured a fifth place finish in the Scottish Premiership.
The 20-year-old is expected to play a part for his current side in their friendly against Lyon at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield on Wednesday before any deal is announced.
“We’re still looking to get that one through,” Johnson told Sky Sports News.
“Obviously he’s a Man United player but he’s come out and articulated that, at some point, that’s the intention.
“We’re here, ready and waiting and in constant contact with Will and Manchester United but their needs-must in terms of their pre-season fixtures and we’ll hope to get him here as soon as possible.”
Centre-back Riley Hardottle became Hibs’ latest summer signing on Tuesday as he moved from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee and the manager is confident he will make an impact.
“He’s got potential and I think we need someone to fill a slot within that squad that can play,” the former Sunderland boss added.
“We’ve got a lot of good young talent here and we’ve got a pathway both out on loan and within the club, but we needed someone.
“You always have to be strong in the centre-half position. You need four good, strong centre-halves because if you lose strength to your spine it can be a problem.”
Hibernian have made six new signings so far this summer with Elie Youan joining on a permanent deal from Swiss side St Gallen after a successful loan spell.
Johnson is still looking at other targets but stresses he does not want any passengers next season.
“Inevitably you need your money on the pitch, especially at a club like us and we need to really clever and diligent with our finances.
“We are competing in a big European league and now in Europe as well and we want to be successful.
“You get the rewards of good decisions by going further in the rounds of the cups and a higher position in the league with more guaranteed finances.
“But it isn’t about that, it’s about the experiences for the fans and winning football matches and trying to create that bit of history.”
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