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John Hughes aiming to sell Caley Jags move to Partick Thistle trio

John Hughes is looking to sign Partick Thistle trio Steven Lawless, Abdul Osman and Stuart Bannigan
John Hughes is looking to sign Partick Thistle trio Steven Lawless, Abdul Osman and Stuart Bannigan

Caley Thistle manager John Hughes is hoping to make a triple raid on Premiership rivals Partick Thistle having made approaches for midfielders Abdul Osman and Steven Lawless as well as Stuart Bannigan.

With only seven senior players signed up for next season, Hughes is stepping up the process of adding to his squad for the new campaign.

Inverness have told Thistle of their plans to speak to midfield trio Bannigan, Osman and Lawless, who are all out of contract in the summer, about joining the club on free transfers for next season.

Hughes hopes he can convince the Jags trio to make the move to the Highlands, and said: “There’s one or two out there but it’s all on the chairman’s desk.

“I don’t know where we are with them. But the reason I got the job here was I showed a willingness to come here – that goes for players as well.

“If they don’t show that willingness then maybe they aren’t the ones we want.

“I’ve said for a long time there seems to be a taboo about coming up here.

“We’ve not got the biggest budget so we can’t match wages – we just need to look at what comes through the turnstiles.

“Once players come up here and get into the way of life, it’s an eye-opener for them.

“We find footballers who have played the game for many a year but when we actually coach them and talk to them about football then they’ll tell us it’s all new to them.

“It’s a great place to come to learn their football.

“With the style of football we play, hopefully a few come our way.

“We’ve got irons in the fire and it’s frustrating when things don’t come off. But we just have to get on with it.”

Midfield pair Danny Williams and James Vincent have already opted to join Dundee when their contracts expire in the summer, but Hughes added: “If they’re getting better deals and security elsewhere, there’s no hard feelings. We wish them all the best.

“They’re two good characters and Dundee are getting two fantastic players.

“Losing players is part and parcel of the game. It will be frustrating seeing Billy Mckay and Edward Ofere playing against us for Dundee United next week.

“We’re very shrewd and need to find the next ones. Our job is now out to go and get better.”

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