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​Hibernian slam 'patronising' bids for Arsenal, West Ham target Doig

Hibernian sporting director Graeme Mathie is not happy with Premier Legaue clubs regarding youngster Josh Doig.

The talented left-back is being chased by several top clubs in England, including Arsenal, Watford and West Ham United.

However, Hibs are loathe to lose Doig for cheap, and Mathie feels many of the offers from English clubs for the 19-year-old are patronising.

He told Vavel: "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.

"I would love it if a club were to come to me and say that 'we think we can turn this boy into a £50m 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, and for the boy himself, obviously, he wants to go to a bigger club like every other young player, but he is also happy here."

He added: "We want to be in a position to say, 'Thanks for trusting us with your development and we can't wait to see you shine at the next level', but no clubs are making that easy for us. The worst thing I could do is sell Josh to a club that then only plays him in the Under-23s!"


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