Hibs line up SENSATIONAL return transfer for Martin Boyle – but Premiership rivals also interested


HIBS is doing everything they can to seal a stunning Easter Road return for Martin Boyle.

The Australian striker left Scotland in January in a lucrative £3m move to Saudi club Al-Faisaly.

But following Al-Faisaly’s relegation from the Saudi Pro League last season, SunSport understands Hibs have been working quietly to secure an emotional return for Boyle.

It’s believed the 29-year-old fan idol would jump at the chance of a Hibs comeback.

He played for them for seven years, winning the Scottish Cup and Championship while playing 187 league games and scoring 47 goals.

His wife, Hibernian Women star Rachael, and daughter Amelia remained in Edinburgh after Boyle pleaded with Hibs for the chance to earn a dream salary to prepare them for life.

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The transfer sealed the £1m-a-year salary for the 18-time capped Australian striker, who is set to feature in Qatar’s World Cup final in November.

Boyle was back at Easter Road for the Premier Sports Cup tie against Morton.

He also benefited from Aberdeen’s draw against Raith Rovers, with the Dons also credited with an interest in him.

Hibs, however, reportedly got first refusal on Boyle as part of the original deal with Al-Faisaly. Club owner Ron Gordon admitted last week that he had already spoken to the player about returning to Easter Road.

However, Gordon played down their chances of success by admitting Hibs had badly missed the inspirational winger in a poor second half of the season which saw them finish in the last six.

The obvious stumbling block to any deal is funding, although there is talk of a compromise with the Saudis over transfer payment installments.

However, Boyle is said to be eager to listen to any proposal from Hibs.

Boss Lee Johnson has admitted he is keen on getting another attacking player, with big name Aiden McGeady ruled out for up to three months after tearing a knee ligament in the friendly win over Norwich.

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And Johnson would like to bring in Boyle to strengthen his team.

Meanwhile, a Celtic coach has emerged as a left-field candidate to be Motherwell’s next manager.

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