Derek Riordan to leave Hibernian in summer

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Hibs forward Derek Riordan
Riordan has had a frustrating season at Easter Road

Hibernian striker Derek Riordan will leave the club in the summer, with a move to either the Championship or abroad the most likely.

Crystal Palace have been watching Riordan over the past few weeks.

And their Scottish manager, Dougie Freedman, could make a move when the forward's contract finishes at the end of the season.

Riordan is also wanted by Major League Soccer outfit Houston Dynamo, who made an approach for him in March.

The transfer window in the United States does not open until 15 July and therefore 28-year-old Riordan would not be able to sign with them until then.

Palace, who appointed Freedman to take over from fellow Scot George Burley in January, have narrowly avoided relegation to League One.

Their draw with Hull City on Saturday, combined with Sheffield United being held at home by Barnsley, means they are six points clear of the third bottom side with one game remaining.

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood said in April that talks with Riordan, who has three Scotland caps, would not take place until the end of the season.

The Edinburgh club last week said they would be releasing 10 players but added that negotiations with other players would continue.

Riordan's strike, one of 10 in a frustrating season for Hibs, against Celtic in October was this week named the Clydesdale Bank Premier League goal of the season.

The forward is in his second spell at Easter Road, having come through the youth ranks with the Edinburgh club.

Riordan was transferred to Celtic in June 2006 but failed to become a first-team regular with the Glasgow outfit and, after a bid from Burnley was rejected, he returned to Hibs in summer 2008.

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