Hibs and Martin Boyle are in advanced talks with a view to the out-of-contract Dundee attacker signing a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Easter Road from Dens Park after struggling to command a regular starting place under Paul Hartley.
Upon the simultaneous expiry of his loan stint at Hibs and his contract at Dundee, the Tayside club offered him a new one-year deal, although this is understood to have been done merely in order to ensure that they would be entitled to compensation from whoever eventually signed him.
Hibs appear undeterred by the prospect of paying a development fee for the player and are keen to bring him back for next season’s Championship title tilt.
It was reported over the weekend that Boyle had already signed a new two-year deal, although the Evening News understands that despite talks progressing well, no deal has been confirmed as yet.
Boyle is currently recovering from a knee ligament injury he sustained in the last game of the Championship season, away to Falkirk, and is expected to sit out the start of the new campaign.
The former Montrose forward made ten starts and scored three goals during his five months on loan at Easter Road, with two of those strikes coming in his last two matches.
Although predominantly a striker, Boyle, renowned for his pace, was regularly used as a right wing-back by Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs.