Josh Doig has been left out of Hibs’ opening Scottish Premiership match with Motherwell, amid interest from the likes of West Ham United.

The 19-year-old has been subject to intense transfer speculation over the last six months. English Premier League clubs Arsenal and West Ham United are believed to have asked Hibs to lower their asking price last week. There has been interest from across Europe but it has mainly stemmed from England.

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West Ham United want Josh Doig. (Photo by Getty Images)

There are three unnamed Premier League clubs and one Championship team discussing loan and permanent deals for Doig. Head coach Jack Ross has decided this interest is too much of a distraction for the teenager and Doig will sit out Sunday’s Fir Park opener.

Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie told NTOF earlier this summer that the club were braced for interest in their key stars after a third place Premiership finish last season: “It’s part of the planning for this season. Our sheet of players is colour-coded.

“We have some that we are expecting to come to us and say that they want to move to other things because they aren’t playing as much. There might be ones who have decided it’s time to go.”

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