Hibs boss Paatelainen to be handed funds in January

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Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen has revealed that he will be handed funds to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window as he looks to further re-build at Easter Road..

During the close season the Hibees have seen a massive turnover of players as Paatelainen dissects the team left by John Collins.

Since his arrival at Easter Road the big Finn has brought in no less than 12 players, and has been handed cash by the board on a number of occasions.

John Rankin cost £110,000 from Inverness Caley, Colin Nish was £150,000 from Kilmarnock, Abdel Zarabi cost £120,000 from Gueugnon in France, Sol Bamba cost £75,000 from Dunfermline and Derek Riordan set the Hibees back £400,000 from Celtic.

Ian Murray, Marin Canning, Joe Keenan, Steven Pinau, Steven Thicot, David Van Zanten and Fabian Yantorno have also arrived during the tenure of Paatelainen.

Heading for the exit during that time have been Mickael Antoine-Curier, Brian Kerr, Guillaume Beuzelin, Dermott McCaffrey, Keegan Ayre, Clayton Donldason, Martin Canning, Zibi Malkowski, Patrick Noubissie, Abdel Zarabi and Sean Lynch.

Moroccan duo Benji and Merouane Zemmama have also left, heading out on loan.

The Hibs boss said:

"I am always looking to strengthen the squad and I'm glad to say that once again the board has indicated there will be the chance to improve again come January.

"I'm already looking to identify some players."

Paatelainen has also revealed that he already knows the area's in the squad he wants to strengthen, he said:

"When Boozy left I felt we did not quite replace him. We really need someone who can take his time on the ball, someone who has good enough awareness, vision and the ability to pass the ball. Unfortunately, Boozy wanted a new challenge and is no longer here but that is a position I feel we need to strengthen.

"I also think we need someone on the right-hand side to give us options to play a different system. But we are working on that front and I am delighted to say we are again in the position to strengthen and will do so."

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