Harry Clarke is holding his Hibernian FC medical today, as he aims to complete his move from Arsenal by this evening.
The Scotsman report that Harry Clarke is holding a medical on Tuesday morning and Hibernian FC are expecting to unveil him in the afternoon or evening, as long as the medical doesn’t throw up any problems.
Both Ross County and Arsenal have already confirmed that Clarke has been recalled from his loan with Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, with the Gunners activating their recall clause.
All reports suggest that will be swiftly followed by a move back to Scotland with Hibs.
The one detail no one can seem to agree on is the nature of Clarke’s new deal.
According to The Scottish S*n, who posted an article reporting the recall before it was confirmed by either club, the plan is to loan Clarke back out to Hibs until May.
According to The Scotsman, an “18-month loan” is close to completion. Meanwhile, on social media, some reports suggest it could even be a permanent move. Anything seems possible at this point.
If Clarke is going to stay with Hibs beyond the summer, that would help explain why he was recalled in the first place. If Arsenal believe they can get his longer-term future sorted, it would be better than leaving him at Ross County for a few more months.
Alternatively, if it’s just going to be a short-term loan, there’s still some logic in it.
During the latter stages of the Scottish Premiership, the league table is split, and the top-half teams play against each other whilst the bottom-half teams do the same.
So by joining a top-half side in Hibs, Clarke would hopefully be adding extra fixtures against the likes of Rangers and Celtic, instead of playing relegation candidates like Dundee FC and St. Johnstone with Ross County.
Clarke made 17 appearances, scored three goals, and won two Player of the Month awards with Ross County. It’s little wonder a club from higher up the table has taken an interest.