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TRANSFER HOTLINE: CUMMINGS IN HIBS LINK, VETERAN DEFENDER INTERESTED IN GERS MOVE, FINDLAY MOVE OFF

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FORMER Scotland striker Jason Cummings has been linked with a return to Hibs after being informed he will be released by Nottingham Forest.

The 23-year-old frontman, who joined the Championship outfit in July 2017 and who still has 12 months to run on his contract, looks to be heading for the exit, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

Cummings cost Forest around £2million when he arrived from Easter Road. He also  had a spell on loan at Rangers in the second half of the 2017/18 season. The Ibrox club had the option to make the transfer permanent, but chose not to exercise it.

Another loan followed last summer to Peterborough United, but after six months he was on the move again, this time to Luton Town where he helped the side win promotion to the Championship.

Cummings now appears to be surplus to requirements at the City Ground and played for the club’s development side last week while the first team squad headed to Greece for a pre-season training camp.

He became a Hibs hero when he helped the team to Scottish Cup glory in 2016 when they came back to beat Rangers in a dramatic Final.

LIAM RIDGEWELL, the veteran centre-half who is up for grabs after leaving Hull City, has admitted he would be willing to join Rangers.

The 34-year-old former Birmingham, Aston Villa, West Brom and Portland Timbers stalwart, is a free agent and there has been talk of interest from Ibrox.

Ridgewell was talking on talkSPORT when it was mentioned Steven Gerrard might be looking at his situation.

He said: “I’m open to listen to offers and speak and try and find out where the club is going and what the ambitions are and if it lines up with myself.

“That’s the main thing. Being 34, I want to go into coaching, I want to be a manager, so I want to try and make sure I’m stepping into a place where I can help myself along with that.”
Gerrard added £3million Swedish pivot Filip Helander, from Bologna, to his central defensive options last week and he will have opposition from Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and George Edmundson.

STUART FINDLAY, Kilmarnock’s impressive centre-half, will NOT be joining Oxford United.

The League One side have scrapped plans to sign the former Celtic and Newcastle youngster – because he is too expensive.

The English club’s boss Karl Robinson, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “We’ve put a bid in for another centre-back because the Findlay one is out of our reach in some ways. We were willing to put a very substantial bid in.

“But we now hear it’s gone above and beyond that and we’ve withdrawn from it.

“I really don’t think anyone in League One could afford Findlay now.”

The Scotland squad player scored Killie’s winner in Wales last week as they came back to beat Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Europa League qualifier.

The return leg is at Rugby Park tonight as boss Angelo Alessio gets ready for his first game in front of the home fans.

Serbian side Partizan await the winners of the tie in the second round of qualifying.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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