Hibs’ £200k bid for striker James Collins accepted

Pat Fenlon: Set to land Collins. Picture: SNS
Pat Fenlon: Set to land Collins. Picture: SNS
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HIBS have moved into pole position to sign Swindon Town’s highly-rated striker James Collins after they had a bid of around £200,000 accepted, according to reports yesterday.

Collins, 22, was a major player for Swindon last season after making the move from Shrewsbury Town, having begun his career with Aston Villa. He has attracted a lot of interest this summer, with Championship side Huddersfield also reportedly having shown interest.

Despite making most of his appearances from the bench last season under managers Paolo Di Canio and Kevin MacDonald, Collins managed to hit the net 18 times for the Wiltshire club.

Hibs, meanwhile, lost their two main strikers this summer with Leigh Griffiths returning to League One side Wolves after his loan spell finished and Eoin Doyle joining League Two club Chesterfield at the end of his contract.

Between them, the pair netted 39 times last season and supporters have been wondering where the team would be able to find that level of strike rate for the coming term.

The Easter Road side recently signed ­English forward Rowan Vine after he was released by St Johnstone due to budget restraints. Although a striker, the Perth side often played him in wide positions but he still managed to score seven goals for them last season.