Hibs sign Tom Taiwo

Last updated : 14 September 2012 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have tonight announced that midfielder Tom Taiwo has agreed a move to Easter Road.

The 22-year-old has signed a two-year-deal with the Hibees, but the club has revealed that some red tape has still to be cleared up.

It was reported that Taiwo had signed on August 31st, but the deal didn't go through as the club were unsure as to wether they would be due Carlisle compensation for the player.

It seems that matter has been cleared up as the cub has announced on the official club website that a deal has been agreed, but that Hibs are still seeking clearance for the former £5m Chelsea signing from The SFA, the SPL and the EFA.

Subject to gaining this documentation, Taiwo will be unvieled as a Hibee, and Pat Fenlon's 9th summer signing.

Taiwo has been training at the Hibees state-of-the-art training facility at East Mains for the past week, but is still expected to be a week or so from full fitness.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said of his latest recruit:

"He's a good player. He's good on the ball. He gets it and he moves things quickly and keeps it simple.

"He has a fantastic attitude and we're delighted to get him in.

"We felt we were a little bit light in midfield.

"When Lewis got injured, we went into games with Deegan and Jorge and nobody on the bench that could play in a central midfield position.

"We wanted to bring in someone in that position, but we also wanted to bring in someone that can improve us. We also want competition within the club.

"He hasn't done loads of training," Fenlon added. "It will probably be a week, 10 days, before we consider him to be fit enough to get involved."

Taiwo started his career as a youth with Leeds United, before Chelsea signed both him and fellow Leeds youth Micheal Woods.

Leeds were successful in taking Chelsea to court for "tapping up", and won £5m in compensation.

Taiwo lasted two years at Stamford Brdige before being loaned out to Carlisle, who, after a loan spell, signed him on a permanent deal.

He played over 100 times for League One side, before refusing a new contract as he wanted to be closer to his family in Yorkshire.

Welcome to the Hibees Tom.