Elias Melkersen has sealed exit from Hibernian after joining Strømsgodset on a permanent deal.

The forward had previously joined the Norwegian side on loan during the summer transfer window.

He has returned to his homeland for a fee of £1.2million in a deal that includes a significant sell-on clause.

Hibs director of football Brian McDermott said: “Firstly on behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Elias for all his hard work during his time with us.

“He performed well during his loan spell at Strømsgodset, and they expressed their desire to make the move permanent.

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"This is a good opportunity for Elias to continue playing in his home nation and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Chief executive Ben Kensell added: “We are delighted with the fee that we’ve received for Elias; one that’s significantly greater than the original figure that brought him to the club.

“During his time with us, and out on loan, Elias continued to develop, which is why we’ve been able to agree this excellent fee for him.

"This transfer is another example of us developing young players that then go on to generate greater and meaningful fees that we can re-invest into the club and the first-team playing squad, which was always part of our model.”