Hibs near to deal for Dundee United’s Keith Watson

HIBERNIAN are reportedly close to agreeing a loan deal for Dundee United defender Keith Watson.

Keith Watson, in action in last season's Scottish Cup final, could be close to agreeing a deal with Hibs. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

STV are reporting that the 25-year-old right back, who is out of contract at Tannadice in the summer, is a target for Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, who is in need of defensive cover, and talks regarding a loan deal have taken place between the two clubs.

Hibs’ first-choice right back David Gray is currently recovering following surgery on a groin injury, while fellow defender Jordon Forster is still making his way back after an injury lay-off.

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Left-sided defender Callum Booth has been filling in at right back for Hibs in recent weeks.

Watson, who has made 123 league appearances for United since 2006, has played 16 times for Jackie McNamara’s men this season.

However, the arrival of former Hearts defender Ryan McGowan could see Watson’s first-team opportunities reduced.