HEARTS have booted out a bid from Blackpool for derby hero Toby Sibbick.
SunSport understands the Championship club made a six-figure offer for the 23-year-old in the aftermath of Sunday’s win over Hibs.
But it was immediately rejected by the Jambos, who have NO wish to sell the defender.
And that stance is unlikely to change unless they are offered a huge bid before the transfer window closes.
Sibbick initially joined the Gorgie side on loan from Barnsley during Daniel Stendel’s reign but hardly played due to illness.
He returned to the club last January, this time on a three-and-a-half year deal with the men in maroon beating off Hibs for his signature.
Sibbick rubbed salt in the wounds by scoring his side’s third goal in their 3-0 Scottish Cup win in Leith on Sunday.
And with Craig Halkett out for the season boss Robbie Neilson wants to add defenders this month, not lose any more.
Sibbick, meanwhile, has described his cup stunner as a ‘cheeky chip’ as he ended a four-year drought in front of goal.
And he warned Hearts rivals the club are only going to get better after huge wins over Hibs and Aberdeen.
The defender raced the length of the field before lifting the ball over David Marshall to finish off Lee Johnson’s side in injury time.
He said: “I had a chance about 20 minutes before and I was gutted he saved that. I was thinking I wasn’t going to get another chance.
“But they crossed the ball, I cleared it to Humphs (Stephen Humphrys), and as soon as I looked up I saw it was one against one.
“So I ran past him and I screamed at him: ‘We’re in!’
“I took a heavy first touch but I got there, and it was just a cheeky chip, innit?
“It killed the game off.”
Hearts are seven points ahead of Livingston in fourth and could increase the gap to double figures with a win in West Lothian on Sunday.
Sibbick added: “You even saw it against Aberdeen, where I didn’t think we played our greatest.
“We know we’re a solid team, we’re hard to break down. I think that’s three clean sheets in a row.
“We take each game as it comes and we always want to win. So we’ll just keep digging away.”