Hibs have today revealed that they have signed USA international Chris Mueller on a pre-contract agreement from Orlando City.
The 24-year-old will join the Hibees in January at the end of the MLS season, but the club are hopeful of striking a deal to land the player in the coming weeks.
Mueller has played over 100 games and scored 21 goals in the MLS, and had his best season last year scoring 10 goals in 22 games.
He was also named MLS rookie of the year in 2018, and has been capped by the USA.
Mueller can play anywhere across the front-line, but is most likely to play right wing,
Hibs boss Jack Ross said:
"Chris was someone who was brought to our attention a number of months ago.
"We worked long and hard to make this deal happen.
"Chris is an exciting signing and his recent performances with Orlando have been terrific. He has a skillset that we think is going to be really well suited to Scotland.
"He can score goals and add creativity and he has an impressive mindset as both an athlete and a person.
"Chris' arrival is also an example of us widening our net. It is great to have another player join us with international experience. We also have the likes of Alex Gogic, Martin Boyle, Kevin Nisbet and Paul Hanlon who have been capped and Chris will add to that experience and squad depth."
Hibs owner Ron Gordon added:
“I am very excited to have Chris Mueller join Hibs.
"He’s an exceptional player with a knack for goal.
"This signing speaks to our commitment to build and improve on last season. I know he will be an exciting addition to our very strong squad. I am confident he will become a fans' favourite.
"Most importantly, I’m delighted that Chris saw Hibs as the right club for him and the next step in his blossoming career. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Chris to Hibs and Easter Road.
"Lastly, a big thank you to the entire football department for all their diligent work on this signing and throughout this transfer window so far.”
What a signing for the Hibees.
This is one to get very excited about, and he should add real quality to the squad.
Let's hope Hibs can strike a deal to sign him now for the new season.
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