West Ham ready to pay £2.5million for Hibernian left-back Josh Doig
West Ham United have told Hibernian to drop their asking price for left-back Josh Doig before making a move for him, according to Standard Sport.
The Scottish Premiership side want £5million plus add-ons for the 19-year-old, but the Hammers want to pay around £2.5million if Hibs want them to follow up on their interest.
Arsenal and Watford are also keen on Doig, and it remains to be seen whether his club would be open to slashing their asking price.
West Ham manager David Moyes wants quality depth at left-back, and the teenage sensation would be a perfect long-term addition.
Doig has been linked with Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leeds United [The Scottish Sun], and we believe he would not struggle to hit the ground running in the Premier League.
However, West Ham are not likely to part with £5million for a young player yet to prove himself in a top league.
Hibs have to be realistic in their valuation if they want to sell Doig, and the most they are likely to get for him is £3million.
Holding out for their asking price could be a ploy to shoo suitors away, in hope that they can command a bigger fee in a couple of years from now.
The Hammers could be forced to look elsewhere from the look of things, but splashing the cash on Doig could be a worthy cause.
He played 24 league games last term, scoring once and assisting thrice, and he is only going to get better if his development continues at this rate.
We need one more left-back to join Aaron Cresswell, 31, and Arthur Masuaku, 27, and while the Scottish ace fits the profile, a move could fall through.
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