Stoke City linked with winger Martin Boyle



Stoke City are being linked with Hibernian winger Martin Boyle.

The Daily Record reports that Stoke and Huddersfield are interested in the 27 year old who could be available.

The Record points out Boyle is in the final year of contract and the Scottish Premiership club could look to cash in.

Boyle has been with Hibs since signing on loan from Dundee in the 2014/15 season, a move that was subsequently made permanent.

The 27 year old began his career in Scotland with Montrose, spending four years there before two years with Dundee.

He has four caps for Australia, qualifying to play for Australia through his father, who was born in Sydney.

The Daily Record reports: “Hibs could now have to sell some of their squad to help balance the books with the likes of Australian international Martin Boyle and Israeli keeper Ofir Marciano set to go into the final year of their contracts.

“Boyle is already attracting interest from Stoke City and Huddersfield.

It would make financial sense to sell them rather than lose them for nothing this time next year.”

Boyle is the latest player from north of the border to be linked with Stoke City since Michael O’Neill took charge at the bet365 Stadium in November.

O’Neill used to manage Brechin and his family home is in Scotland. He also said in an interview with The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive in March that he felt the Scottish game was a good place to look for players for the Championship.

Meanwhile, Stoke will restart their Championship campaign on Saturday when they are away to Reading (3pm). Football has been suspended since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic but Premier League and Championship clubs will resume their seasons this week.

Stoke, who are 17th with nine games to play, warned up for the Reading game by playing against Derby on Saturday. The teams played two 90 minute matches behind closed doors at Pride Park to give their squads a run out.





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