Hibernian chief Graeme Mathie has slammed Premier League clubs for their ‘disrespectful’ bids for Arsenal-linked Josh Doig.
The teenager had a phenomenal campaign for Hibs last season. He impressed everyone who watched him, and it is no surprise that multiple Premier League clubs are keen to sign him this summer.
Arsenal, West Ham and Watford have all been linked with a move for the teenager, but no club is prepared to meet Hibs’ demands just yet. (Read here) That has clearly annoyed Mathie, who has had a real go at the interested parties for their ‘disrespectful’ offers.
Mathie: Bids for Arsenal-linked Doig have been disrespectful
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.
“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!”
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal’s interest in Doig was understandable a few weeks ago when we were looking for a backup to Kieran Tierney. Nuno Tavares’ arrival made it seem like that position was filled, and Doig would move elsewhere.
However, The Evening Standard revealed last week that the Scotsman is still very much on Arsenal’s radar. Mikel Arteta is reportedly looking for more cover at left-back, and Doig is viewed as an excellent prospect to invest in.
That is probably why we’ve entered negotiations with Hibs for his signature and the Scots are only looking for a fee in the region of £5 million plus add-ons. Arsenal and other interested sides want that fee halved this summer, and that clearly hasn’t gone down well with Mathie.