The race to sign Falkirk’s star striker Lyle Taylor intensified this week as the club accepted one bid - only for the player to then reject it.
Rotherham United tabled a take it or leave it offer - believed to be in the region of £200,000 - for the 23-year-old last weekend, which was accepted by the Bairns board on Monday.
But Taylor failed to agree personal terms with the Yorkshire League One side, and boss Steve Evans announced the deal was off the following day.
Heraldsport can now reveal that news prompted Hibernian to re-enter the race for Taylor, just days after the Edinburgh club had publicly declared they would not be following up their interest in the striker after two previous bids of £80,000 and £100,000 were rejected by Falkirk.
It is understood that Hibs have tabled an improved offer of £150,000, still short of the board’s valuation.
The Easter Road side were yesterday (Wednesday) said to be considering whether to submit a FOURTH offer for Taylor, who scored 24 goals in 31 games for the Bairns last season.
The Londoner featured in last night’s 6-2 win against Huntly, as Gary Holt’s team continued their Aberdeenshire pre-season tour.
Holt has confirmed that he will look to sign a replacement forward if Taylor does opt to leave Westfield.
Speaking after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stirling Albion, the Bairns boss told Heraldsport: “If a good enough offer comes in for him, and it’s structured right, then he’ll go. We’re not going to stand in his way, and he knows that. He deserves the chance to further his career.
“I’ll have to get people in (if he does leave). I’m still looking at that avenue, but the budget is the budget. I’ve not got an endless pot - in fact I’ve got no money.
“But it’s something that we’re looking to address, and we have identified targets, but it’s about whether or not they want to come here.”
Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie said in a statement today: “Lyle Taylor has been the subject of speculation. He has his career aspirations and we all know he is more than capable of playing at a higher level. However, he is contracted for this season and can play a large part in our push for promotion and play-off places.
“It will therefore take a very good offer for us to part with him. To date, we have had no no offer which meets our valuation.”