Club figure speaks out on Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and West Ham transfer target

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Hibernian sporting director Graeme Mathie has told VAVEL that the club has received disrespectful bids for Nottingham Forest transfer target Josh Doig this summer. 

The 19-year-old left back is a man in demand during the current transfer window after winning SFWA Young Player of the Year last season for Hibs in what was his breakthrough campaign at Easter Road.

As a result of his fine form, Forest as well as Leeds United, West Ham, Arsenal and AC Milan have all been linked with a move for the defender this summer.

However Mathie was quick to state that the bids that the club has received for the teenager have fallen way short of their expectations as he said the following:

“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.

“If Josh Doig performs how he performed last season in English League One and got to a national final, teams would be willing to spend far more money on him, rather than if he was in Scotland.

“We finished third in the league, we’re in Europe, we got to a cup final, and these bids are really disrespectful.”

Quiz: What was the score the last time Nottingham Forest played at each of these 24 stadiums?

1 of 24

Anfield?

5-1 W

5-1 L

3-1 W

3-1L

The Hibs are said to value their young prospect at around the £5 million mark and would be looking for various add-ons to be included in any deal that sees him depart the club this summer.

Forest are said to be in the market for a left back at present after seeing Yuri Ribeiro leave and Tyler Blackett pick up an injury.

The Verdict 

I completely understand where Mathie is coming from on this as it is clear that Hibs want to get the best deal possible for not only themselves but also the player.

Doig is still relatively young in professional terms and still has years of development ahead of him as he looks to make the step up in his career after a fine season.

He would be the ideal addition for Forest as he offers a long term solution to their left back troubles and would arguably come cheaper than some other targets.

However if the Reds or any other team for that matter do not stump up the cash for the teenager, they can forget about signing him this summer.

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