Hibs have rejected a £375,000 offer for Scott Allan from Rotherham United, the Evening News can reveal.
The English Championship club want to lure the midfielder south despite three bids – £175,000, £225,000 and £280,000 – from Rangers to take him to Ibrox. Hibs have refused all offers to date and value Allan considerably higher.
Talks with the Yorkshire outfit are ongoing and another bid is expected as Rotherham are keen to agree a fee before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. However, both clubs remain far apart in their valuations of the player. English League One side Wigan are also interested in Allan, according to reports.
Allan, 23, submitted a transfer request last week and is keen to move to Rangers, the club he supported as a child. Rotherham watched him in action several times last season and believe he could be a key player in their league campaign.
Hibs have made it clear that they are reluctant to sell their star player and are willing to let Allan leave for free when his contract expires at the end of the season. They insist that, should he leave before then, it will not be for Ibrox. A transfer to England may appeal more than letting the former Scotland Under-21 international join their biggest rivals for this season’s Scottish Championship.
Steve Evans, the Rotherham manager, was unwilling to go into detail about his club’s interest in Allan when contacted by the Evening News, but did say: “Any transfer business we do will remain confidential between the clubs. From a distance, one wonders why news of clubs bidding and not bidding gets out. We will not do that. We will deal directly with Hibernian should we pursue any interest in Scott Allan.”