Hibs prepared to wait for Martin Boyle - but not if it means missing out on 'someone else who's good'

Lee Johnson says Hibs are playing a waiting game over a potential return for Martin Boyle.
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The Easter Road boss has made no secret of his desire to bring in another attacking option after Aiden McGeady was ruled out for up to 12 weeks after suffering a recurrence of a medial ligament issue.

“Whether it is Martin or anyone else, I do feel we need one more, a different style,” Johnson said.

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"Elias Melkersen is doing a good job in that position at the moment but naturally he’s a nine. We potentially have room to bring one more in. If that’s Martin, great; if not, we go back to the drawing board.

“It won’t be cheap, it would take a big investment from the ownership.”

Asked if Boyle was keen to strike a deal to return to the Capital club, Johnson answered in the affirmative.

"It’s my understanding [that Boyle is keen to come back] but I’m talking out of turn effectively, because he’s not our player.

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"I’d be disappointed if somebody else was talking about one of our contracted players in those terms.”

Martin Boyle has been heavily linked with a return to HibsMartin Boyle has been heavily linked with a return to Hibs
Martin Boyle has been heavily linked with a return to Hibs

Johnson is only too aware that the complex nature of the transaction may see negotiations drawn out until the end of the transfer window – or perhaps even beyond.

“It’s a fine balance. We’re prepared to play the waiting game but don’t want to lose the opportunity to get someone else who’s good,” he continued.

"If Lionel Messi becomes available – see you Boyler, we’re taking him! That’s the ruthless nature of football but while there is communication, it means there’s a chance, and while there’s a chance, we’ll wait.”

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