HIBERNIAN manager Paul Heckingbottom insists he would be "disappointed" if he has not wrapped up his summer signing spree long before the transfer window closes in September.

The Easter Road manager is targeting "one or two" further fresh faces after bringing in six new recruits already.

The Englishman has been eager to get his business done early, to give his revamped squad as long as possible to gel before the return to Premiership action against St Mirren on August 3.

The pre-contract arrival of Scott Allan has been augmented by the captures of striker Christian Doidge, winger Joe Newell, defenders Adam Jackson and Tom James, and keeper Chris Maxwell.


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Scotland striker Marc McNulty and Belgian under-21 cap Stephane Omeonga have both expressed a desire to return to the capital after successful loan spells last season, but it remains to be seen how hard Heckingbottom pushes for a solution to difficult deals.

McNulty has three years left on his deal at Reading, who are said to be keen to recoup some of the £1 million they paid for the marksman, whilst Genoa midfielder Omeonga is wanted by other teams in Italy.


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But Heckingbottom admits his squad remains short and he is no mood to have to wait to plug the gaps.

He said: “We’re still weak in certain positions, so I still want to get players in.

“And I’d be disappointed if it took as long as the end of the transfer window.

“There’s still one or two players we want to bring in, as it stands at the minute.

“We’re still looking at McNulty and Omeonga. I said all along it would be difficult but they know how much we like them and they loved their time at the club.


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“It’s just really, really tough, they’re not our players. What we can’t do is get bogged down waiting until deadline day trying to sign them and missing out on everyone else.

“So, we’ve had to keep building and if we got to a point where they do become available to us we’d have to see if we had the finances available to do it.”