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Manager discusses future of striker linked with Blackburn and Wigan

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Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom has rubbished reports of a potential move to the Championship for striker Oli Shaw.

Earlier this week it was reported by The Edinburgh News that Championship duo Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic are interested in the 21-year-old, while The Scottish Sun have claimed that newly promoted Barnsley are also tracking the striker.

Heckingbottom however, appears to have ruled out any potential move for Shaw for the time being, as he told The Edinburgh News: “What do you want me to say on it?

“The amount of stuff I read that’s rubbish. No-one has spoken to me, whether it’s someone trying to drum up interest.”

Discussing Shaw’s prospects for the coming season, Heckingbottom added: “It’s down to Oli, he’s certainly come back in much better nick than he finished the season in.

“We were really clear in what we wanted and it’s down to him to get into the team, there is a pathway there.

“If he is performing well he will be in the team.”

A graduate of Hibernian’s youth system, Shaw has made a total of 59 appearances in all competitions for the Edinburgh side, scoring 12 goals for the club, including six in last season’s Scottish Premier League.

There are still two years remaining on Shaw’s current contract at Easter Road, meaning there is unlikely to be too much of a rush for Hibs to sell the striker in the current transfer window.

The Verdict

How you view this is likely to vary depending on which club’s perspective you are looking at it from.

Having already brought in fresh attacking reinforcements in the summer transfer window, I can’t see this being too much of a concern for either Blackburn or Barnsley, and both clubs seem to have bigger priorities in terms of recruitment between now and the close of the transfer window.

Wigan, however, are a different matter. The club currently have just a single centre forward on their books for the coming campaign, and given their struggles last season, that will surely have to change if they are to survive another season in the Championship next year.

With progress in the potential transfers of both Jordan Hugill and Jamal Lowe appearing to have slowed recently, the pressure will be on the Latics to bring some new faces in between now and the start of the season, and you wonder whether that could lead to them looking to force the issue here.

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