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Sell Elie Youan for £2m? Hibs should grab the money and run, says Tam McManus

Hibs star Elie Youan
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Tam McManus insists Hibs should jump at the chance to cash in on Elie Youan for £2million-plus.

It's understood the Hibees are considering a significant offer from an unnamed Ligue 1 club in France, while there is also interest elsewhere. Youan scored nine goals for the struggling Hibees last season but didn't feature in any of the club's last five fixtures as they ended the campaign in the bottom six.

Youan only joined the Hibees on a permanent basis last summer after spending the previous season on loan from Swiss outfit St Gallen. Easter Road chiefs forked out a six-figure sum to land the Frenchman but would stand to make a sizeable profit should they part ways. And McManus has urged the club to take the money and use it to help bankroll the new manager's transfer rebuld.

He told the Daily Record: "Elie Youan has been too inconsistent at Hibs. So if the club can get figures of around £2million for him, I'd be grabbing the offer ASAP. Youan is talented, his numbers are good in terms of goals and contributions.

"But that sort of money offers an excellent return on an outlay of just £500,000 and such levels of profit for a club like Hibs have to be taken. If it's a decent club in France at a good level, no disrespect to Scottish football, then he'll be pushing to go too.

"This deal could be of big benefit to the club. I know there's been an investment from the Black Knights but the club can't be flush with money. The squad is massively bloated and they are probably still paying off managers who have gone out of the door in the past wee while. Cash for Youan would be really handy to plug gaps and give the new manager some funds in the summer.

"I'm aware that with Emiliano Marcondes and Myziane Maolida ending their loans and Adam Le Fondre leaving, that would be almost the entire attack wiped out. But Hibs need freshness. The biggest complaint from the fans is that the squad is stale with many of the same players having gone through various managers.

"Even though Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson are away, others such as Martin Boyle still go back a fair way, which is fine so long as they are being supplemented by quality. Hibs need that freshness in the forward areas and it's going to have to be a full reboot. As a manager walking into the club, that is what you want.

"You don't want to be dealing with 15 or 20 players who are under contract having been signed by previous managers. You are stuck and you want a blank canvas without being burdened by guys on long deals that you don't fancy. It's a problem for every boss and certainly for the guys who have just recently joined Hibs.

"There are players in the squad going back four managers. That's no use and it has resulted in this farcical situation where there are just too many in there. The squad is ridiculous. The amount of players being carried is shocking. There are 40-odd. It's mental.

"It needs to be hacked apart and, the more that go out of the door from previous gaffers, the merrier. It would be nice for the new boss to come into the club and to have the opportunity to sign six or seven of his own guys to go straight into the team. Then it is his stamp right from the outset, rather than having to wait until this one's deal runs out or that one gets his pay-off.

"Not only does selling Youan get a big wage off the bill, it also frees up some money for the new manager to go and get boys, some of whom might be waiting right now for calls."