Martin Boyle wanted for Saudi Arabia transfer but Hibs knock back opening bid from surprise suitor

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Hibs have booted out a PS500,000 plus bid for Martin Boyle from Al-Faisaly.

The Easter Road outfit has rejected the Saudi Arabian Pro-League outfit’s offer.

Hibs were still in talks to appoint t Shaun Maloney their new manager.

Hibs transfer head Ian Gordon reluctantly accepted the offer to his board. However, it was rejected.

Although the Australian international would have received a huge salary increase by moving to Middle East, it would have required Hibs for a fee to be agreed.

American chairman Ron Gordon views Boyle as one his most valuable assets and would only consider selling if a high-ranking bid was received.

It seems unlikely that Al Faisaly, who won the King Cup earlier in the season, will reach the level that would allow Hibs to sign.

The Socceroo is also on a long-term contract that he signed last year after Aberdeen failed in a PS500,000 bid of their own in the last window.

Hibs have to fight harder to keep midweek goal scorer Ryan Porteous ..

The big defender is still to sign an extension beyond the end of next season and is wanted by Belgian club KV Oostende.

New Hibs Shaun Maloney also wants to strengthen his squad.

He is currently considering names from England or Norway, which were suggested by his recruiting team.

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