HIBS have formally announced the sale of Jason Cummings to Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be just over £1million.
The club’s Chief Executive Leeann Dempster confirmed the deal on the club’s website, describing the fee paid for the exciting 23 year old striker as undisclosed.
“Jason goes with our very best wishes. He made a major contribution to our season in gaining us promotion back to the Premiership,” she stated.
“At this time last year, Jason had one-year left on his contract, and the Club had spent significant time trying to secure him on a new deal.
“This was only achieved after long negotiations with the player and his agent and was helped greatly by Neil joining the Club.
“Had we failed to secure that deal, it is likely that Jason’s contract would have run down,” Dempster continued.
“That would have meant that had he wanted to, he could have signed a pre-contract with another Club in the middle of our push for promotion and then left for nothing this summer.
“For the Board, gaining promotion was absolutely the number one priority – hence the reason that a bid from another English club was refused last summer.
That top objective was achieved and in addition, rather than see a talented player leave for nothing this summer, the Club has secured a significant fee.”
“In preparation for the new season we will continue to work to bring our core targets to the Club.”
Liam Boyce at Ross County, who was the Premiership’s top scorer last season, has a £500,000 release clause in his contract and Neil Lennon remains a huge admirer of the player.
Burton Albion are reported to be set to activate the release clause with a half million bid but Hibs may decide to enter the race having secured an impressive fee for Cummings.
Anthony Stokes, who has endured an unhappy time on and off the park, since leaving Hibs after last season’s Scottish Cup victory over Rangers. Stokes was on loan from Celtic and scored two wonderful goals in a man of the match performance.
He may well head back to Easter Road to re-unite with Lennon. The paid were recently seen enjoying a drink in a bar in Dublin.
And Kris Commons, who has now left Celtic, is available on a free and if he has;t decided to hang up his boots while on holiday, will almost certainly be a Hibs player in the coming weeks.