Florian Kamberi will only consider returning to Rangers on a permanent deal, the PA news agency understands.
The Hibernian striker made a controversial loan switch to Ibrox back in January after trading places with Gers midfielder Greg Docherty.
But he upset the Leith support during his unveiling when he described the Gers faithful as the “best fans in the world”.
It looked like his stint in the capital was over when Easter Road boss Jack Ross later admitted those comments had made a return to Hibs “challenging”.
While the 25-year-old has rejoined his parent club for pre-season training, Ross again cast doubt on his long-term future with Hibs during an interview with Sky Sports News on Tuesday when he admitted the Swiss-born frontman could yet be sent back to Ibrox ahead of the new season, saying: “There is continued dialogue to try and find a solution which suits both parties.”
Reports now suggest another temporary season-long swap with Docherty has been proposed by Gers sporting director Ross Wilson.
But sources close to Kamberi, who has 12 months left on his Hibs contract, have told PA he is not interested in another loan and will only agree to rejoin Steven Gerrard’s team if a permanent deal can be struck.
Kamberi, who scored once in six appearances for the Light Blues before the campaign was called to a halt by the coronavirus outbreak, believes he is coming into his peak and is looking for some stability having already racked up spells at five clubs so far.
Rangers remain his preferred option but with interest from Championship clubs down south as well as from Switzerland and Poland, he is content to wait for the best offer.
Gerrard is keen to bolster his striking options and provide competition for Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defore, with rumoured moves for Anderlecht’s former Leeds forward Kemar Roofe and Livingston’s Australian hitman Lyndon Dykes also being weighed up.
Meanwhile, fringe defender Matt Polster has be allowed to join New England Revolution for a reported £300,000 fee.
The American made 10 appearances for Gerrard’s team but was unable to dislodge skipper James Tavernier on a regular basis.
Wilson said: “We accepted a bid from New England Revolution for Matt last week and we now wish him every success back in the MLS.
“We respect his desire to play regularly and he will be afforded that opportunity back in the US.
“Matt has been an enthusiastic and committed member of our squad with first class attitude. We wish him and his family well for the future.”
Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week.
Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.