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Elie Youan Hibs transfer latest as £2.5m bid 'seriously considered' by Easter Road club

Hibs are considering cashing in on Elie Youan after receiving a £2.5million bid, according to a report.

An unnamed French club tabled that offer as they attempt to lure the forward back to his homeland. It comes just a year after the Easter Road side signed the player permanently, triggering the option he held within the loan deal initially bringing him to Edinburgh from Swiss side St Gallen.

Hibees chiefs are now seriously cashing on for a profit after just one year, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. The initial fee they paid was over £500,000. And it's claimed they are already sizing up replacements they could bring in should Youan ultimately move on this summer.

The 25-year-old scored 10 and assisted 10 in the season just past but also flattered to deceive at times and his inconsistency was a source of frustration for fans, and he has also been involved in online spats with supporters. Injury ruled him out towards the end of the season.

Hibs are set for a big summer rebuild, with the priority to bring in a manager to replace Nick Montgomery. But they will also have to look at strengthening their squad after a disappointing finish of eighth and a number of loanees moving on.

Youan leaving would be more upheaval but would also provide the new manager with extra funds to perform surgery on his squad. Hibs booted out interest in the player in January but the finances on offer now could prove too tempting to turn down.