Hibs have been rocked today, with the news that star striker Steven Fletcher has demanded a move away from Easter Road in January.
The Scotland U21 and 'B' international had been in talks with Hibs over a new contract, but those talks have broken down so much so, that Fletcher wants out.
Fletcher, 20, has scored 7 goals in 13 games already this season and has already attracted the attention of English Premiership side Bolton Wanderers and a possible £2m offer.
Rangers and Celtic have also both now been credited with an interest in Fletcher (There's a shock!!), although they could be scared off by Hibs apparent £3m valuation of the player.
Fletcher's agent Scott Fisher said:
"The offer Hibs have made Steven is insulting. He went to see the manager and made clear his desire to leave the club when the transfer window opens."
There is a chance Fletcher could still stay at Easter Road, as Rod Petrie has been back in touch with Fisher and Fletcher to make one more offer.
Fisher told BBC Sport:
"I got a call last night from the chairman of Hibs saying they were prepared to make one more offer,
"We are still to look at it in-depth but we will sit down next week and discuss it then make a decision.
"The new offer is still a bit away from what we were looking for."
"He's committed to a long-term deal," added Fisher.
"But everyone knows he is a top player and he's progressed at a rate of knots.
"And it's for Hibs to decide when they want to cash in on him.
"If the club hadn't dragged this thing on. He would have signed a new contract.
"But it shows how much a club really wants you when they are prepared to make you an offer and keep you happy."
Fisher also stated that Fletcher's demands were "well within the club's wage structure".
Hibs boss John Collins was the one who approached Chairman Rod Petrie and suggested that Fletcher should be handed a wage rise, but it seems Petrie isn't willing to offer the player a deal at the top end of our wage structure.
Hibs boss Collins said:
"Steven is an important player for us and the last thing that I want to see is him leaving,
"He has been playing well, scoring goals and has really developed as a player over the last little while.
"Hopefully some agreement can be reached, Steven can sign a new deal and we can get back to concentrating on the football."
What are the Hibs board playing at????
Fletcher is now one of our best players after the exodus of talent in the summer, if Rod Petrie hasn't offered Fletch a deal at the top end of our wage structure, how can you blame the player for wanting to leave?
Hibs made £10m in transfer money in the summer, we can afford to make the player a good offer WITHIN our wage structure, that Fletcher WANTS, but our board are unwilling to meet it??
If rumours ARE true and our top player earns £2,500 a week and Hibs STILL can't meet Fletcher's demands, what on earth is he earning now?????
Lack of ambition anyone?????
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