Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City and Huddersfield Town are set to miss out on the Hibernian winger Martin Boyle, according to reports in Scotland.
The Daily Record claims Boyle had looked to be leaving Hibs with Wednesday, Stoke and Huddersfield all ‘interested in taking him to the Championship’.
But the newspaper adds that the Australian is instead about to sign a ‘bumper, new two-year contract’ at Easter Road, after Hibs ‘pushed the boat out financially’.
Boyle scored or made 10 goals in 20 Premiership games for the Hibees last season and has already struck two in five this time out.
The predominantly right-sided 27-year-old would have added depth to a part of the pitch in which Wednesday are short after Jacob Murphy’s loan spell ended.
But reports suggest the Owls are still pursuing a deal for Murphy, along with several of their Championship rivals – including Stoke, but excluding Huddersfield as far as we know.
The West Brom winger Jonathan Leko is another Boyle alternative in whom Garry Monk’s side have been credited with an interest of late.
It is said that both Rangers and Celtic have had Boyle watched in recent months and would have been interested in a free transfer move next summer.