HIBS have insisted in a buy-back clause as part of the £2.5million deal to sell Martin Boyle to Al-Faisaly.

The Easter Road inserted a cluase in the transfer agreement, the megarich Saudi Arabian club must notify them if they ever intend to sell the pacy winger to another British team.

That means the financial terms of the offer received for the 28-year-old Australian international attacker would have to be disclosed to the Edinburgh outfit who would then decide whether to match the offer.

BOYLE BLAST…Hibs raider Martin Boyle prepares to hit the first of his hat-trick in the 3-1 Hampden win over Rangers in November.

Boyle, who hit the headlines with a spectacular hat-trick against Rangers in the 3-1 Premier Sports League Cup semi-final victory at Hampden in November, was reluctantly sold by Shaun Maloney after the club accepted a third offer from the Middle East club worth around £2.5million plus add-ons after bids of £500,000 last month and then £2million a couple of weeks ago had been booted out.

The speedy raider, who had been linked with a reunion with his former international manager Ange Postecoglou at Celtic, was in the stand on Thursday night to watch the Leith team eventually overcome stubborn League One side Cove Rangers 1-0 with an extra-time strike by substitute Kevin Nisbet.

HEAD MAN…Martin Boyle sends an effort wide of Celtic keeper Joe Hart for his side’s consolation goal in their 3-1 loss at Easter Road in October.

Boyle, speaking to Hibs TV, said: “Hopefully, in the future I can return and repay them once again. It’s a new adventure for me. I’m certainly looking forward to it. But I’m hoping that if I do come back I’ve still got a lot to give.

“If I’m welcomed back with open arms, there’s no club in Scotland I’d rather be at. You see players leaving and coming back a lot these days, so if there’s anything in the pipeline, it’s one I’d definitely not turn my nose up.”

Boyle was a favourite with the fans and scored 63 goals in 265 appearances during seven-and-a-half years at the club.

Boss Maloney has been busy in this transfer window, adding Ewan Henderson, Elias Melkersen, Rocky Bushiri and Harry Clarke to his squad, along with Chris Mueller, who agreed a pre-contract last summer.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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