Hibs boss closing on transfers

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Manager Pat Fenlon has revealed he is close to making some signings after Hibernian's problems were exacerbated by injuries to goalkeeper Graham Stack, leading scorer Garry O'Connor and captain Ian Murray.

Stack suffered a calf injury in the 3-1 Edinburgh derby defeat to Hearts at Easter Road and is expected to be out for at least two weeks. O'Connor's niggling toe problem meant he was only able to come off the substitutes' bench for the final moments of the loss, while Murray has had surgery as a result of a troublesome hip problem.

Fenlon, who has already added striker Eoin Doyle to his squad this month, told Hibernian TV: "We're close to a couple of things, but until they are over the line I don't want our supporters getting their hopes up too much. We're looking to bring in players who will improve the squad and help us in the fight we're in until the end of the season."

On the injuries, Fenlon said: "Graham is struggling and he'll be out for a couple of weeks minimum. He injured his calf against Hearts and that is a bit of a blow for us.

"But the good thing is we've got a top-class goalkeeper (Mark Brown) coming in to replace him.

"Garry O'Connor is still out. He is resting his toe and we're just seeing if we can get him back to 100% fitness before he comes back into training. He has been training and playing for the past month with an injury. I think the time had come to give him a break.

"We've got some big games coming up, but we've also got a lot of the season left. So rather than just having him just half-right or 70% fit, we wanted to get him back to being 100% fit. Ian Murray had an operation today, so he'll be out for the next two or three weeks."

Midfielder Isaiah Osbourne could return for next week's SPL clash at Dunfermline following an abductor injury and Fenlon is retaining hope of keeping striker Leigh Griffiths at Easter Road.

Griffiths' loan from Wolves ends on January 9 and talks are ongoing with the Barclays Premier League side.

Fenlon said: "It's still where it is - it hasn't moved on. We want to keep Leigh and he wants to stay. Wolves have also made their position clear. There is still some negotiating that needs to take place between the two clubs and hopefully that can be resolved. I'd love to hang on to Leigh."

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