Ryan Gauld: Hibs target does not feature in squad for friendly

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Gauld set to sign - Lennon

Ryan Gauld will not feature in Hibernian's squad for Friday's friendly with Al-Wasl, with the Easter Road club trying to sign the midfielder on loan from Sporting Lisbon.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon had hoped Gauld, 23, would play in Dubai, but he has not been included.

The Edinburgh club wanted Gauld to join their winter training camp and Lennon said the dealy was down to "paperwork".

"We'd like to get him up and running as quickly as possible," he said.

"I think that's important but he's fit. He's been playing games."

Gauld, who moved to Portugal from Dundee United in 2014, has been with second tier club Farense this season, scoring twice in 13 appearances.

He has also had loan spells at Vitoria Setubal and Desportivo das Aves.

Griffiths is 'very expensive'

Lennon said he would like to "bring three or four more in", with winger Martin Boyle injured for the remainder of the season, and Efe Ambrose and Emerson Hyndman leaving the club.

The Hibs manager described a possible return for former striker Jason Cummings - who is on loan at Peterborough from Nottingham Forest - and a move for Celtic winger Lewis Morgan as "speculation".

"They would suit our style of play," he said. "Lewis is a player that we like but we'll probably be in a queue with many clubs. And we obviously know Jason very well."

Lennon brushed off a link with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, saying "he's very expensive".

The Scotland striker, who has had two previous spells at Easter Road, has been given time off by the Glasgow club to deal with "ongoing issues".

"Leigh needs to put all the problems to one side and concentrate on his football. It's important for him that's at Celtic," said Lennon, who signed the 28-year-old for the Scottish champions in January 2014.

"If the opportunity arises, and I'd be very surprised if it does, again there would be a long, long queue of clubs. I don't know if he would fall into our budget."

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