Hibernian chief executive insists no plans to sell star striker Jason Cummings

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The Scotland Under-21 international has been linked with Leeds United this week.

This week it has emerged that Leeds United are keeping tabs on Hibernian striker Jason Cummings. The Sun reported over the weekend that Leeds were keen on signing the Scotland Under-21 international - who has been in excellent form this season in the Scottish Championship.

However a January move for the player now looks unlikely as Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster told the Edinburgh News yesterday that Hibs had no desire to sell anyone in January.

She told the paper:

“Jason and others are undoubtedly doing well at the moment, but we are focused on one thing only and that is winning things. I suspect there will be a lot of speculation coming towards us in January, but we want to focus on winning the Championship and progressing in the cups as far as we can.

“We are not entering the transfer window thinking, wondering what is coming, what is round the corner, We have no desire to do anything in terms of players going out, that’s not our direction of travel. It’s more likely players will coming in. If it’s the right player or players we have the ability to do that and Alan knows we have the ability to do that."

But there was a glimmer of hope for Leeds as she admitted that if anything did happen it would be a swift deal, unlike the protracted Scott Allan transfer saga in the summer:

“If we decide to do something in January it will be, should be, done quickly and decisively.”

The report also listed the other teams interested in the player - including Rotherham United, Sunderland, Fulham and Brighton.

Leeds are right to be keen on the striker. Cummings has scored 14 goals in 20 games this season for the Easter Road outfit and Leeds boss Steve Evans is known to be keen on bringing in a new striker in the January window after failing in multiple loan swoops last month.

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