Dundee have offered Hibs loanee Martin Boyle a one-year extension to his contract at Dens Park, although the Easter Road club are interested in making the 22-year-old a permanent member of their squad, the Evening News can reveal.
However, a potential stumbling block in signing the out-of-contact 22-year-old is compensation that would be due to Dundee, as the player would command a development fee.
Boyle, who is currently recovering from an operation to fix a medial ligament injury, is under the age of 24 and as he has spent three years at Dundee, Hibs would need to pay cash for him. The fee could be negotiated between the two clubs, but if an agreement can’t be reached, a tribunal would be called to finalise the settlement.
Paul Hartley, the Dees’ manager, said: “We have offered Martin Boyle a deal for next season. We believe he has a good future because he’s got pace and did well at Hibs during his loan.
“I think that time away from here has probably helped him but we’ll have to wait and see what he wants to do.”
However, the Evening News has learned that although Hibs haven’t as yet offered Boyle a contract, they have made their interest known to the player and his representatives. It is understood that Boyle would be willing to listen to an offer from Hibs after enjoying a successful six-month loan spell at the club.
The Aberdeen-born speedster scored in his last two games for Hibs against Alloa and Falkirk. He has made a lasting impression on head coach Alan Stubbs and the fans, giving the team an extra dimension with his pace.
Boyle’s season came to a premature end though when he damaged his knee ligaments against Falkirk, ruling him out of the club’s unsuccessful Premiership play-off campaign. The player is expected to be back ready for pre-season in four weeks’ time.