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By ESPN Staff

Hibs boss Hughes admits defeat in Arfield chase

John Hughes insists Hibernian have done everything they can to bring Scott Arfield to Easter Road before the transfer window shuts.

Falkirk confirmed they had rejected two offers from Hibs for Arfield, saying they ''fell considerably below the club's valuation'' of the 20-year-old, who is currently on Scotland Under-21 duty.

Hughes had been hoping to make midfielder Arfield his third signing from the club he quit last summer.

''It's my job to identify players I believe can strengthen our squad and Scott Arfield is a player I'd like to bring to Hibs, simple as that,'' he said in the Edinburgh Evening News.

''He's a player I enjoyed working with at Falkirk and is an exciting young talent, though he still has a bit to go.

''The board have given it their best shot at trying to get him and I can't ask for any more than that.''

Hughes revealed it was unlikely he would be adding to his squad. He said: ''There could still be one or two comings or goings today, you just never know on deadline day, but I'd have to save that I am quite happy with what I've got to work with at the moment.

''And the one thing I certainly won't be doing is going out later today and rushing to make a signing that turns out to be a mistake - I don't work like that.''


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