Speculation continues to mount over the future of Liam Boyce after Cliftonville withdrew the offer of a new contract for the striker.
Reds boss Tommy Breslin confirmed on Thursday that the champions would now explore “other avenues” after failing to reach agreement with the 23-year-old.
Cliftonville had set a deadline for a resolution to contract talks with Boyce after tabling an improved offer on May 14.
The striker – who only last week returned from international duty in South America with Northern Ireland – continues to be on the radar of a number of clubs in England and Scotland.
Cliftonville have not ruled out Boyce returning to Solitude for next season, but confirmed the new contract had now been withdrawn.
In a statement issued by the North Belfast club on Thursday, manager Breslin said: “Following our offer to Liam Boyce on the 14th May, the club have had no reply, though an agreed deadline was set, we requested a further meeting this week and that offer to meet was refused, I have decided to withdraw our offer and tomorrow begin to explore other avenues to strength the squad.”
Cliftonville return to training on Saturday ahead of next month’s European fixtures.