By Mark Smith

2nd Aug, 2021 | 8:10am

Watford ahead of Leeds in race to sign Josh Doig

Leeds United appear to have been overtaken by Watford in the race to sign Hibernian defender Josh Doig.

Sky Sports have shared that the newly-promoted Premier League side look set to win the race for the 19-year-old.

Hibernian boss Jack Ross left Doig out of his squad yesterday and confirmed that an imminent exit is likely.

Writing in their Transfer Centre late last night, Sky Sports shared the major update on the future of the promising player.

“Watford are in pole position to sign Hibernian defender Josh Doig after it was confirmed by his manager Jack Ross that he would be leaving the club this summer,” they wrote.

Another gone?

It looks as though we are set to miss out on this one.

The signs were looking positive after Doig missed Hibernian’s opening day thriller against Motherwell, with the Daily Record reported the Whites were willing to match the £5million asking price.

Victor Orta had held a long-term admiration for Doig, and the young sensation would have provided great back-up to Junior Firpo after years of having no real, consistent left-backs.

Leif Davis has gone out on loan this week, and it looks as though Stuart Dallas will remain as our back-up, despite him starting in midfield.

Liam McCarron is currently playing there for the under-23s, and as more of a winger, is nowhere near first-team level in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa will want more options, and it appeared as though Doig was the perfect option to come in and develop, but we may be forced to look elsewhere.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are plotting Real Madrid transfer raid as Marcelo Bielsa singles out plan B – report