Hibernian: Alan Stubbs thrilled by swift signings

New Hibs striker Franck Dja Djedje
Franck Dja Djedje has played with clubs in France, Ukraine, Norway and Belarus

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is excited by the arrivals of forwards Martin Boyle and Franck Dja Djedje.

Dundee forward Boyle, 21, was involved in a loan swap for Alex Harris, while Dja Djedje, 28, arrived at Easter Road after a spell with Dinamo Minsk.

"The one thing I wanted to bring to the team was a real element of pace and with Martin and Djedje we've done that," Stubbs told BBC Scotland.

"We've got two players who are very quick and will look to stretch teams."

Hibs, who sit third in the Championship, will be without Dominique Malonga for the remainder of January as he represents Congo at the African Cup of Nations, while fellow striker Farid El Alagui has been absent since September after suffering an Achilles injury.

Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs revealed he might add more new faces to his Hibernian squad in the January window

"When you add Dominique, Jason (Cummings) and Farid to the balance, it's a very potent attacking line, so I'm very happy with what I've been allowed to do," added Stubbs.

With Cummings netting his ninth goal of the season in the New Year derby draw at Hearts, Boyle and Dja Djedje are likely to be vying to fill the gap in the starting XI vacated by Malonga.

And Boyle, who made a late appearance as a substitute at Tynecastle, is perhaps favourite to line up against Falkirk on Saturday.

Stubbs said former Ivory Coast Under-23 international Dja Djedje is "probably 10 days behind where we would like him to be (in terms of fitness)".

Right-back David Gray will definitely not feature against the Bairns as he is to undergo a groin operation on Monday.

The 26-year-old defender is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.

Norwegian full-back Edvard Skagestad, currently with IFK Norrkoping, has spent time with Hibs this week, and Stubbs said: "He's been with us but nothing has been done at this moment.

"We're still looking but I'm very happy that the business we have done early gives us the opportunity to bed them in for the rest of the month and we'll see what the rest of January brings."

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