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Sylla released by Sliema, signs for Hibs

Djibril Sylla completed a last-minute move to Hibernians yesterday after he was given a free release by Premier League rivals Sliema Wanderers.

Sylla, 24, had joined the Wanderers before the start of last season but only played a bit-part role in their title-winning campaign.

The first signs of a break-up emerged in June when Sliema suspended the former Malta international for one month, citing disciplinary reasons.

Last week, Sylla was placed on the transfer list but yesterday Sliema agreed to part ways with the player by giving him a free release.

With the Malta FA 8 p.m. transfer deadline only hours away, Sylla had talks with Hibernians and a deal was agreed late in the afternoon.

The Paolites were looking to increase their defensive options before the transfer deadline after they transferred Cesar Paiber to Marsaxlokk. Sylla has signed a one-year contract with Hibs.

High-profile players' moves were conspicuous by their absence on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Valletta filled their quota of non-Maltese players after they offered a contract to Serbian forward Nemanja Vulkajinovic.

Premier League newcomers St Patrick did likewise by securing the services of Nigerian forward Chima Dozie from Naxxar Lions just before the MFA deadline.

Yesterday, Hibernians also filed the registration of Michael Xuereb, a Maltese-Australian 'keeper who had been training for them in the past few weeks.

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