Leeds United have been told they must pay £5million if they are to prise Josh Doig away from Hibernian this summer.
The 19-year-old left-back, who has been compared to compatriot Kieran Tierney, is reportedly the subject of bids from several Premier League clubs. However, none of the interested parties have come close to the asking price so far.
Hibernian’s sporting director, Graeme Mathie, is particularly unimpressed with the clubs who have expressed a desire to sign the recipient of the 2020/21 Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.
Speaking to Vavel, the 38-year-old claimed that the SPFL side felt have been patronised and disrespected by the offers they have received.
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“Lots of things need to align so that he [Doig] can leave,” Mathie said. “We’ve had lots of conversations with other teams regarding Josh and I genuinely feel that he is really undervalued by other clubs and that annoys me.
“I would love it if a club were to come to me and say that ‘we think we can turn this boy into a £50million player, here’s how we’re going to develop him, we’ll give you x if he achieves this, and we’ll give you y if he does that, and within a certain number of years, we think he would be at the top level of the game.’
“That makes a conversation far easier, as it becomes less of a transaction and more of a relationship. But right now, we feel some clubs have been quite patronising and more transactional, and it is hard.”
Doig is a player that Leeds United have been linked with since the January transfer window but any concrete evidence of interest has been limited and the signing of Junior Firpo shows that he would not be a first-team option.
Hibernian are understood to be unwilling to be bullied over their £5million price tag and with the Premier League clubs reportedly reluctant to pay any more £3million, it would be a surprise to see the young Scot move to the English top-flight this summer.
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