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Hibs do deals for Nish and Zarabi
Striker Colin Nish is moving from Kilmarnock to Hibs
Nish turned down the offer of a new deal at Rugby Park
Hibernian have completed the signing of Kilmarnock striker Colin Nish on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 26-year-old had committed to a pre-contract agreement but Killie have now accepted an undisclosed fee.

Hibs have also snapped up Algerian international Abderaouf Zarabi on a three-year contract after obtaining a work permit for the defender.

Zarabi, 28, operates mainly at left-back and arrives at Easter Road from French club Gueugnon.

Capped 26 times for Algeria, he moved to France from his homeland in 2003 with AC Ajaccio.

He will join up with the Edinburgh side after international clearance is achieved and a visa obtained.

"Abdel gives us experience for the defence, especially on the left-hand side," said manager Mixu Paatelainen.

"He can also play as a centre-half as well as a left-back.

"He's a very positive player who when he plays as a left-back likes to go forward and support the attacks.

"He gives us height for that position as well and above all experience because he is a full international."

Nish was out of contract in the summer and Hibs beat off competition from Scunthorpe, Leyton Orient and Preston for his signature.

"Colin Nish was a name that was put to me straightaway when I came in but I couldn't decide because I hadn't seen the player," said Paatelainen.

"I knew he was a tall centre-forward who had scored a couple of goals but after seeing him I decided he is a player who will hopefully help us.

"Hopefully we can develop him further."

Nish, who joined Killie from Dunfermline Athletic in 2003, has scored eight goals this season for the Rugby Park outfit.

Meanwhile, defender Torben Joneleit has returned to Monaco after Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen decided to cut short the German's season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old, signed by previous manager John Collins, had made just one start and two substitute apearances for the Easter Road side.

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