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Hibernian poised to complete striker signing

Valdas Trakys is believed to be close to signing a deal with the SPL club, making them the 12th club of his career.

Closing in: John Hughes is expected to add another striker to his pool on Monday, after losing Darryl Duffy to injury.
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Hibernian are expected to confirm the signing of Lithuanian striker Valdas Trakys on Monday. The 31-year-old will be brought in to provide further competition for striking places at Easter Road, following an injury to on-loan forward Darryl Duffy.

Trakys, who left Greek side Panserraikos in the summer, has been training with John Hughes’ team on trial in recent weeks and featured in a closed doors game with Dundee United last week.

The 6ft 3in player, who has 11 international caps, is expected to sign a contract with Hibs on Monday before featuring in another bounce game on Tuesday.

Trakys is well-travelled in his career, having started out at FK Panerys Vilnius in 1995. He then moved onto FC Harelbeke and FBK Kaunas, before a switch to Russia to play for Torpedo Moscow for one year.

A season-long spell with FC Khimki then brought his first spell in Russia to a close as he switched to play a season with FH Hafnarfjordur in Iceland, followed by a year in Germany with Greuther Furth.

Since 2004 he has played with eight further clubs, plying his trade again in Russia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and finally Greece, where he scored once in nine appearances with Panserraikos.

The man he will temporarily replace, Duffy, broke a bone in his foot in training on Friday, ahead of his expected debut against Inverness on Saturday. The Bristol Rovers loanee will now face eight weeks on the sidelines.

Hughes’ move for Trakys appears to have brought his interest to former FC Twente striker Romano Denneboom to a close. The Dutchman had been in talks over a switch to Easter Road but was holding out for a deal longer than the 12-month contract on offer.

The Hibs boss had previously indicated he would not be able to sign both, saying finances would dictate he would only be able to make one further addition to his squad.

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