Sources: Wigan, Charlton and Oxford given green light to submit James offers

Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United have been given the green light to submit offers to sign Hibernian defender Tom James, Football Insider understands.

The Scottish Premiership side are willing to let the 25-year-old leave on a free this summer, two years after joining the club.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider the right-back is in high demand among League One sides ahead of the summer.

It is understood Charlton, Wigan and Oxford are leading the charge and have been given encouragement by Hibs over a deal.

James has spent almost the entire 2020/21 campaign on loan in England after falling out of favour under manager Jack Ross.

He joined Wigan back in September and impressed in his 24 appearances for the Latics.

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The Cardiff-born defender then swapped the Latics for League Two side Salford City in January.

However, he played just four times in 12 games before manager Richie Wellens was sacked.

James failed to feature under new boss Gary Bowyer and made the substitutes’ bench just twice.

Despite his lack of game time at Salford, clubs in League One are still keen to sign him this summer.

He still has a year left on the contract at Hibs.

However, the Scottish Premiership outfit are willing to let him go for nothing before next season.

James, who joined the Hibees on a free after leaving Yeovil, played just 12 times during his first season at the club.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has tipped Hibernian ace to be a “damn good player” at Celtic.