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Leigh Griffiths still hopeful of new loan deal

Hibernian’s on-loan striker Leigh Griffiths hopes a deal can be reached with parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers to allow him to stay at Easter Road until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old, who moved to Wolves from Dundee on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2011, has scored 14 goals in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this term, including the winner against Celtic on Saturday. His current half-season loan deal is due to end later this month.

The boyhood Hibs fan, who also spent last season on loan at Easter Road, said: “I have told them I want to stay so now I just want it done as quickly as possible but I need to wait and see.

“We still have a big game coming up on Thursday [against Hearts at Tynecastle] then we have a two-week break. If it doesn’t happen by then my last game will be at home against Dundee (on 19 January).

“They are speaking, so I am hoping it’s done in the next week or so.”

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon’s winter transfer window priority is extending the loan deals of Griffiths, Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern and midfielder Jorge Claros, who is owned by Honduran outfit Motagua, but the Irishman knows 
the final decision lies with the parent clubs.

 

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