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LIVI REJECT £1m DYKES BID

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LIVINGSTON have knocked back a £1million bid from Barnsley for striker Lyndon Dykes.

Gary Holt’s West Lothian outfit were not impressed by the offer for the 24-year-old Australian frontman who claimed 12 goals in 33 games last season.

Livi are reported to be looking for at least double that financial proposal if they are to contemplate allowing Dykes to leave.

David Martindale, the club’s head of football operations, confirmed a substantial offer had been made for the powerful attacker who only signed the previous year from Queen of the South. He told the Daily Record: “There was a substantial bid from an English Championship club, but it did not meet our expectations.”

Rangers remain on of a list of admirers, but Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard is unlikely to be tempted at an asking price of £2million.

Livi will not be rushed into parting with their hottest property, but boss Holt remained philosophical and, discussing the possibility of a transfer, said: “If it happens, it happens.

“I am not bothered as it’s part and parcel of football. We would dust ourselves down and move on.

“It’s hypothetical. It might not happen. He’s here for a long time and we get the rewards of the work we’ve put into him and the work he’s put in.”

Holt’s men kick off the Premiership a week today with a game against St Mirren in Paisley.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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