Jason Cummings says he's happy to stay at Hibernian despite speculation over his future.
Hibernian forward Jason Cummings has told the Daily Record that he is enjoying his time with the club, and admits the speculation over his future is a 'massive compliment'.
Cummings, 20, started his career with non-league Scottish club Hutchison Vale, before joining his boyhood club Hearts back in 2007, but after five injury-hit years at Tynecastle, Cummings was released in 2012.
After returning to Hutchison Vale for a year, Cummings then made a surprise move, joining Hibernian - the fierce Edinburgh rivals of Hearts.
After 21 goals last season, Cummings has been in outstanding goalscoring form again this term, smashing 16 goals in 24 games for Alan Stubbs' men, as they challenge Rangers at the top of the Scottish Championship.
However, his exploits in front of goal now mean that interest in his signature is building. The Daily Mail recently reported that Brighton, Burnley, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday are all pursuing Cummings, with bids in the region of £500,000 allegedly being lined up.
Speaking to the Daily Record about that speculation, Cummings says that the rumours are a 'massive compliment', but he is happy at Easter Road.
"I am enjoying myself at Hibs," said Cummings. "I’m with a team I get on really well with, in front of lots of fans and under a good manager. I am very happy at the moment. The speculation is a massive compliment to me and it makes my confidence levels grow because I know I am doing something right."
"I have scored 16 already and that is a decent return. I’m really happy with my tally but I want to better last season’s total of 21. We just wanted to show what we were made of this weekend after losing last week," he added.
Should Leeds or Wednesday make a bid anyway?
Both Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday are likely to be in the market for a striker this month, and they must now ponder whether to bid for Cummings even after the 20-year-old's comments about his future.
Leeds did sign one striker from Scottish football over the summer, but Lee Erwin has yet to make an impact at Elland Road. Scottish boss Evans may still want to look north of the border for talent, and it would be hard for any young player to turn down a move to such a huge club like Leeds, and offering cash plus Erwin on loan for the rest of the season could at least make Hibs consider letting Cummings go.
Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday didn't get much success out of former St. Johnstone forward Stevie May before selling him to Preston North End at the start of the campaign, and fans would no doubt be wary of making a similar investment in Cummings.
Signing loan forward Gary Hooper should be more of a priority for manager Carlos Carvalhal, whilst Lucas Joao has had a promising campaign so far, meaning Cummings may not be completely necessary this month.
Given the lack of quality options behind Chris Wood at Leeds, Cummings should be more of a target for Leeds this month than Sheffield Wednesday - and he could yet be tempted to leave Hibs for Elland Road if the Whites test his resolve.