A Scottish newspaper is claiming that Yeovil Town are 'on the brink' of selling defender Tom James to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. The Scottish Sun report does not contain any quotes or sources for this information but report that Hibs are 'close to sealing a deal' for the 23 year old, almost a year after he nearly departed the club for West Bromwich Albion for a £450,000 fee.
Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom would be familiar with Yeovil Town given he was the man who signed Ryan Hedges for his old club Barnsley whilst the winger was on loan from Swansea City. At present there are no other reports connecting James with the move, although with the club's fall into the National League, and the problems in securing a change of ownership, the fear was that the club might lose a couple of players over the summer.
It's doubtful if James would command the sort of fee that West Bromwich Albion were prepared to pay, given that he is closer to running to the end of his Yeovil Town contract. The club had initially disclosed that James had a contract that ran until June 2019, but he was named on the club's retained list as still being under contract, with BBC local radio journalists believing his deal actually ran until June 2020. Assuming that is true, the 2019-20 season would be his last one before he turns 24 years old, which would enable him to leave on a free transfer once that runs out.
So far James has made 96 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, having arrived from Cardiff City during January 2017. He's mainly occupied the right-back slot, although has also made appearances as a centre-back, left-back and holding midfielder as he has been swapped around the pitch to cover for holes and formation changes during the season.
At present this is only one rumour from a single tabloid paper, and so should be treated with some caution.
Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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