Report: Arsenal and West Ham put off by Celtic target Josh Doig's valuation

By David Walton

July 22, 2021

Arsenal and West Ham United aren’t interested in Celtic-linked Josh Doig due to his high valuation, the Evening Standard reports.

The English-based newspaper claims that the £5million figure put on Doig’s head isn’t interesting them. Instead, they’re looking for the Easter Road club to half their valuation of the left-back.

The Standard states that Watford are the only club to have entered serious talks for Doig. However, their interest is said to have cooled now that they’ve signed up Danny Rose.

Celtic have been linked with Doig consistently over the last six months [Sky Sports]. Hibs have already reportedly knocked back a £2.5million offer for Doig from Watford too [Scottish Sun].

It remains to be seen if Celtic’s interest is still there after the appointment of Ange Postecoglou. But Doig, who won the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year award last season, is settled at Easter Road [The Times].

Arsenal, West Ham, and Celtic likely to avoid £5m Josh Doig fee

Of course, the truth is that Celtic likely wouldn’t be interested in a fee in the region of £5m either. The Hoops would surely be looking to drive that down given Doig’s lack of first-team experience.

Hibs, meanwhile, will likely point to the potential the player has. Not to mention the fact he’s tied down on a long-term contract. His YPOTY award will have bolstered his valuation too.

The Easter Road club have every right to look for top dollar for a player of Doig’s capabilities. He’s a fine talent, and Hibs are the club that’s developed him since he was a boy. It’s no wonder they want a return for that investment.

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You do have to laugh at the gall of EPL clubs, however. Arsenal and West Ham both have the money to splash that £5m fee out on Doig. To ask Hibs to half it is an absolute insult.

Whilst Celtic would also surely look to bring the figure down, we should be better prepared in negotiating with Hibs after the John McGinn saga of 2018.

Somewhere between £3m and £4m seems about right for the left-back. Anything less and Hibs would surely laugh the offer out the door. Anything more and you’re wondering if a deal is worth it. For now, this saga shows no sign of ending.

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