West Ham United was linked with many players as the deadline for the summer transfer window approached. Midfielders Nikola Vlašić and Alex Král signed, but there was talk of a left-back potentially coming in as well. Nicolas Tagliafico was mentioned, but Scottish teenager Josh Doig was also talked about on deadline day.
Doig plays for Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League and is one of Scotland’s next biggest talents. This sort of title has made him the subject of bids from English Premier League clubs, and reports from Scotland said that Watford was planning a bid for him. Doig was pulled out of the team due to the speculation, and it caused him to feel unsettled.
West Ham manager David Moyes had previously scouted players in Scotland, with Doig being named a target. This was because the Hammers need to get a new and younger left-back, partly due to complete reliance on Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku’s poor injury record.
Unlike Cresswell and Masuaku, Doig plays with high intensity and likes to shoot from a distance often. These traits make him a serious attacking threat. Doig was born in Edinburgh in 2002 and joined Hibernian when he was young. He rose through the ranks at Hibernian, eventually making the first team.
Doig soon became one of Scotland’s best young left-backs and a firm fan favorite. He won three awards at the end of the 2020/21 season: he was named Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year and Hibernian’s Young Player of the Season, and he was named in the SPL Team of the Season.
The implications of Doig signing seem to add up. He has been on David Moyes’s watchlist for a while, and he is rumored to be in the mix for a move to the Premier League. West Ham’s chances of landing him are not exactly dead and buried, so he could soon end up in claret and blue.