Martin Boyle valuation revealed as Hibs throw out seven-figure bid for talisman

Hibs have turned down a seven-figure bid for Martin Boyle – with the offer falling considerably short of their valuation of the player.

By Patrick McPartlin
Monday, 10th January 2022, 4:43 pm
Updated Monday, 10th January 2022, 8:48 pm

The 28-year-old has been the subject of reported interest from a number of clubs this month and the Easter Road side has rejected an offer of £2 million for the Australian internationalist from a club in the Middle East, thought to be Saudi Professional League side Al-Faisaly, who also had a £500,000 bid turned down before Christmas.

The Harmah-based club are unlikely to come back with an improved offer for the player, having had their first two approaches knocked back.

Boyle’s form for Hibs over the last 12 months has not gone unnoticed, with his performances in green and white and for the Socceroos putting him firmly in the spotlight.

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Martin Boyle is a key player for Hibs

However, it will take a sizeable offer to prise Boyle away from the Capital club.

The Evening News understands that Hibs value the talismanic forward at much more than the £3m figure mentioned last week.

Boyle signed a new contract with the Edinburgh side in August last year, tying him to the club until the summer of 2024. The improved terms saw the removal of a clause allowing the winger to hold talks with clubs outwith Scotland who offered £500,000 – just days after Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen were swiftly rebuffed when they submitted a bid of the same amount.

Celtic were also credited with an interest in the former Dundee and Montrose ace earlier this month, with Parkhead manager Ange Postecoglou well aware of Boyle’s talent.

Postecoglou managed the Australian national team prior to his stint with Yokohama F. Marinos and while Boyle pledged his allegiance to the Socceroos after Postecoglou had moved on, the 56-year-old was delighted to see the Hibs forward opt to represent Australia at international level, saying he was “pretty pleased” by the player's decision.

Boyle has struck 17 goals and registered eight assists in 35 games for club and country since the start of June and is a key player for the Easter Road – and recently-appointed manager Shaun Maloney is very keen to keep the speed-merchant at Easter Road as he fine-tunes his squad for the second half of the campaign.