Vykintas Slivka to join Hibernian on a permanent deal from Juventus – NOT a loan – as clearance for fellow Lithuania internationalist Deivydas Matulevicius comes through



LITHUANIA internationalist Vykintas Slivka is set to join Hibernian on a three-year deal from Juventus on Wednesday.

The capital club were expected to snap up the 19-times capped midfielder on loan for the season, however he has now agreed to annul his contract with the Serie A giants.

Hibs are awaiting international clearance before confirming his capture on a permanent basis.

And Lennon, speaking after watching his side dismantle Arbroath 6-1 in the Betfred Cup, is delighted with the alteration in the terms of the transfer.

He said: “Vykintas Slivka should get his clearance tomorrow [Wednesday]. Instead of a loan, his deal will now be permanent. It will now be three years, if everything goes ahead.

“We are just waiting on the confirmation of that. I think he is a decent player and, while he might take a bit of time to bed in, I think it is a good bit of business.

“Hopefully he will show what he can do here. His contract at Juventus was coming to an end and we liked the idea of a permanent move.”

Lennon also stated that talks with Anthony Stokes are “ongoing” and confirmed that Hibs have now received international clearance for Deivydas Matulevicius following his arrival from Belgian side Royal Mouscroun.

Hibs cruised to victory at Easter Road thanks to a Simon Murray hat-trick, two goals from Ryan Porteous and a John McGinn stunner, with Arbroath finding the net through Steven Doris.

Red Lichties boss Dick Campbell added: “It was constant waves of attack and it just echoes what I’ve said: it’s ridiculous playing Cup ties at this stage of the season and, although we missed a couple of chances at important times, we were well spanked.”