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Paul Hanlon Raith Rovers transfer latest as Hibs hero weighs up other 'lucrative' offers

Ian Murray admits Paul Hanlon has financially more attractive offers on the table but hopes he has done enough to persuade him to sign for Raith Rovers.

It was believed in recent days that the Hibs legend was heading for Stark's Park, available on a free transfer after exiting Easter Road at the end of last season. Rovers have already signed up his pal and fellow Hibees hero Lewis Stevenson and hope to ensure Hanlon joins him in Kirkcaldy.

Murray is hopeful the offer on the table will be good enough even though the 34-year-old could earn more money elsewhere. He insists the environment created at Stark's Park is one that appeals, and hopes to get an answer one way or another over the next two days.

He told Fife Today: "I know Paul’s got a lot of really, really good offers, probably better than what some people would like to believe. But we’re very hopeful on it.

"We've got competition for him, there’s no doubt. But I think with the environment that we’ve created and where we want to be next season, we’ll never be able to get to the level of finance that some clubs are getting to.

"There’s a couple in the Championship that are massively outgunning us. But we hope to get that over the line in terms of what we want to do, progression, who we’re trying to sign, the boys we've already signed and the environment that we’re creating.

"Paul’s on holiday now. We’re hopeful we’ll get an answer in the next 48 hours from Paul and then we need to sort a few things out but we’re really, really hopeful.”