Hibs to sign former Preston winger Humphrey

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

HITC Sport understands winger is set to join Hibernian.

Former Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey is set to return to Scotland to join Hibernian, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Humphrey is a free agent after cancelling his contract at Preston earlier this week and Hibernian have moved quickly to lure the Jamaican international back to Scotland.

The 29-year-old enjoyed four successful years at Motherwell before leaving for Preston in 2013.

Humphrey, who made over 130 appearances for Preston since joining from Motherwell, found himself down the pecking order in Simon Grayson's plans in recent months with his last appearance coming against Newcastle in the EFL Cup in October.

A number of clubs are understood to have expressed an interest in signing Humphrey, but Hibernian were determined to win the race for the flying winger.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil LennonHibernian manager Neil Lennon

Sources have told HITC Sport that Humphrey has agreed a short-term deal until the end of the season at Easter Road with the move set to be confirmed when the transfer window officially opens on 1 January.

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon is thought to be a big admirer of Humphrey and sees his pace and creativity as providing his squad with a massive boost as they look to secure promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

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