St Mirren claim they have turned down a “substantial” bid from Hibs for their club captain Kyle Magennis.
In a club statement, the Paisley-based outfit said they have “no desire” to sell the 22-year-old amid serious interest from Easter Road boss Jack Ross, who worked with the Scotland Under-21 internationalist when he was in charge of the Buddies.
Hibs are keen to reinforce their options in central midfield and, having missed out on the signature of Ross McCrorie to Aberdeen last month, have turned their attentions to Magennis.
The St Mirren academy graduate – who has one year left on his contract – has not played since January 22, when he injured his knee against Rangers, although he is expected to be at full fitness after the international break.
The statement from St Mirren read: “St Mirren Football Club can confirm it has rejected a substantial offer for Kyle Magennis from Hibernian Football Club.
“A St Mirren Youth Academy graduate, Kyle has made over 100 appearances for Saints since his debut in 2016; helping us achieve promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2018 and maintaining our top flight status. In June of this year Kyle was named club captain such is the esteem he is held within St Mirren.
“While Kyle is currently ruled out by injury, he remains an integral part of our football club and we have no desire to sell. We look forward to welcoming him back into the squad in the very near future.”