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Hughes looking to sign a striker after Duffy blow

Hibernian will step up their efforts to land a new striker after Darryl Duffy was ruled out for two months.

Hughes looking to sign a striker after Duffy blow
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John Hughes has been forced to increase his efforts to bring in a new forward following the news that Darryl Duffy could be out for up to eight weeks. Duffy joined Hibs on a season-long loan from Bristol Rovers as a replacement for Celtic-bound Anthony Stokes but suffered a foot injury in the 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Though the transfer window has now closed, clubs are still allowed to sign free agents. Hughes confirmed that he would be looking at available strikers and doing his best to bring in a new face to bolster his attack.

"There are still players going about," Hughes told the BBC. "We were working at one or two and, now with Darryl going, you would like one like Darryl Duffy, with good movement."

"We are still working hard to try to bring a player in. Darryl has broken his metatarsal, so he'll be out for six to eight weeks. He just turned, nobody near him and heard it pop.

"That's the cards we have been dealt and we just need to get on with it."

Two players who may come under consideration are Valdas Trakys and Romano Denneboom. Both are available on a free after being released by their previous clubs over the summer.

Lithuanian Trakys, who has 11 international caps, spent time on trial at Easter Road after leaving Greek side Panserraikos. The powerful frontman played in a closed doors match against Dundee United but Hughes opted not to sign the player at the time.

Denneboom, who has made over 200 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie, had impressed Hughes but the player wanted a long-term deal. The Hibs manager said he would not offer more than a one year deal as he wanted the pacy striker to prove himself first.

"He's looking for a longer-term contract," Hughes said last week. "He's a good lad, good player, but his fitness wasn't up to it. I wouldn't want to make that commitment.

"What I want to say is come here and prove yourself and if you prove yourself then we can sit down and maybe do it longer term.

"That's where the stumbling block is at the moment."

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