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LONDON CALLING LYNDON: £2m GO-AHEAD

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LYNDON DYKES will agree terms with English Championship side Queens Park Rangers and finalise a £2million switch from Livingston.

The 24-year-old Australian striker did not feature in his side’s goaless draw with Rangers in West Lothian yesterday and is now due for a medical before the formality of putting pen to paper to get the deal over the line.

Dykes, who scored two goals in three appearances at the start of the Premiership campaign, had also been linked with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side along with Barnsley, Middlesbrough and Stoke City.

The Govan outfit fell out of the race for the powerhouse frontman after bringing in striking double-act Kemar Roofe, from Anderlecht, and Cedric Itten, from St Gallen.

Les Ferdinand, the Loftus Road club’s director of football, watched Dykes twice in recent weeks and gave the go-ahead for the London outfit to make the bid which has been accepted by the Scots.

David Martindale, Livi’s head of football operations, told Sky Sports News: “Lyndon has been a massive part of our success over the last 12 months and everyone at the club wishes him nothing but success in the future.

“I’m sure I speak for us all when I say he will be sorely missed both on and off the park.

“As a club, it’s also a great acknowledgement of the work going on to help develop players that Lyndon’s transfer fee will break the current club record previously held by the sale of David Fernandez to Celtic FC back in 2002. Further details on that side of things will be released in due course.
“It’s testament to every single member of staff at Livingston FC, along with the players, that we had the level of interest in Lyndon that we did.

“I know first-hand that we have all played a massive part in Lyndon’s development over the last 12 months, but, more importantly, Lyndon himself is being rewarded for his appetite and endeavour that he brought into work every day, along with his infectious personality.

“I’ve no doubt at all that he has the ability and mindset to go there and kick on again.

“Without a shadow of a doubt all of our jobs just got that little bit harder at the club, but this was an opportunity for Lyndon to go and compete in one of the biggest leagues in Europe.

“It has also given Livingston FC a bit of added financial stability that is more than welcome given the current climate.

“Everyone at Livingston FC is delighted for Lyndon – go and smash it big man!”

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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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