Hibs braced for improved Martin Boyle offer ahead of Premiership return

Hibs are bracing themselves for an improved offer for talisman Martin Boyle as the Premiership comes out of cold storage following an extended winter break.

Hibs are facing a fight to keep Martin Boyle amid interest from Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Hibs are facing a fight to keep Martin Boyle amid interest from Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Saudi Arabian club Al-Faisaly are expected to return with another bid for the Australian international, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, after their previous offers the latest reported as being around £2 million, were rejected by the Easter Road club.

Rumours swirled over the weekend that a bid for the 28-year-old had already been accepted but Hibs have since denied this. They have, however, been reportedly made aware that Al-Faisaly haven’t given up hopes of signing Boyle despite landing Brazilian winger Rossi last week.

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Boyle recently met with owner Ron Gordon and chief executive Ben Kensell after the Saudi side made it known they would be able to substantially increase his wage packet.

The attacker, who has netted 14 goals in 27 games this season, is naturally intrigued by the life-changing offer but is content to stay put until another club met Hibs’ valuation.

Hibs are not entertaining offers for Christian Doidge, however, following reports of an approach from Dundee with a view to a possible loan deal, though Scott Allan could potentially leave in January if an acceptable offer is made for the midfielder.

Hibs are in action tonight as they travel to Celtic Park for the first Scottish Premiership fixture after the winter shutdown.

The match, originally due to be played on December 29, marks the return of capacity crowds with the 500-limit on attendances lifted from Monday.

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