Leeds United will reportedly need to stump up £5 million to secure the services of 19-year-old Scottish left-back Josh Doig from Hibernian this summer.
According to a report by Leeds Live, Hibernian have named their price tag to part ways with Josh Doig in the summer transfer window. The Scottish outfit have also added that they have been left frustrated by the offers so far for the 19-year-old, who is the subject of interest from Leeds United among others.
Josh Doig has been with Hibernian since joining the club from Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the summer of 2019. And the teenage prodigy has been a part of the Scottish outfit’s first-team setup since breaking into the senior side last year. Since then, the 19-year-old has turned out 36 times for the Hibs, even chipping in with a handy tally of a goal and four assists.
Such was the progress he made in his breakthrough campaign with Hibernian that Doig was named in the SPFL Premiership Team of the Season while also being adjudged as the SFWA Young Player of the Year and the Hibernian Young Player of the Year last term. Surely enough, the young left-back has been noticed by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Leeds United among his suitors.
The interest from the Whites is not unfounded, despite the arrival of Junior Firpo from Barcelona this summer. Indeed, the departure of Ezgjan Alioski as a free agent has been covered by the addition of Firpo. However, after sending Leif Davis out on loan yet again, there is no viable backup for Firpo at Leeds.
While Stuart Dallas can play and excel as a left-back, the fact that he has been a revelation in the middle of the park means he has established himself as one of the first-choice midfielders for good at Elland Road. As a result, Leeds have been linked with a number of left-backs this summer, with Celtic prospect Matthew Anderson among those on their radar.
In addition, Leeds also have Javi Galan in their sights, with Doig also viewed as a viable target. However, Hibernian are yet to receive any satisfactory offer for the 19-year-old after slapping a £5 million price tag on him. In fact, the Hibs have also expressed their frustration over the offers they have received so far.
Speaking to Vavel on the subject, sporting director, Graeme Mathie said, “Lots of things need to align so that he [Doig] can leave. 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.”
What now remains to be seen is if Doig becomes a priority target for Leeds ahead of Anderson and Galan. If so, it will be interesting to see whether Leeds are prepared to pay £5 million to sign the 19-year-old left-back or if they look to negotiate a lower fee with Hibernian.