Hearts made a stunning last minute swoop to beat Edinburgh rivals Hibs to the signing of Dunfermline striker Kevin Nisbet, Courier Sport can reveal.
The Pars had accepted a bid in the region of £250,000 for the former Raith Rovers man and the player had agreed personal terms.
Nisbet was undergoing his medical with the Easter Road side last night when news came through to him that Hearts had also made an offer that met the Pars’ valuation of the 23-year-old.
On top of that, they were trying to change Nisbet’s mind with the carrot of substantially bigger wages.
Robbie Neilson rates him highly, and twice tried to bring Dunfermline’s star man to Dundee United – in January and again this summer before he left for Tynecastle.
Even with deeper pockets, though, it was too late.
Nisbet’s mind was already made up – he wants to play in the Premiership and has bought into the vision outlined by Jack Ross and John Potter – and there will be no sensational U-turn.
With Nisbet passing his medical, the transfer should be announced by Hibs today.
Former St Johnstone winger Drey Wright will also sign, with a deal for Alex Gogic close as well.