Linfield chairman Roy McGivern has said that the club will not negotiate on their valuation of highly-rated winger Paul Smyth following reports of a second rejected bid from QPR.
The winger has also been watched by Championship rivals Reading, and McGivern admits that it’s inevitable for Smythe to ply his trade at a higher level than where he is at present.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the Linfield chairman said: “We’re all very keen for Paul to progress and I have no doubt that he will play at a higher level but it remains to be seen whether that is this year or next year.
“We don’t want to stand in anybody’s way but the club has to be recompensed.
“There has been a significant amount of interest in Paul, which is no surprise, but he is still very much a Linfielf player and will be playing at Dungannon this weekend.
“We will see what happens.
“There is interest and if a club meets our valuation of the player then the club will discuss it, but we’re not at that stage yet.
“No decision has been made on Paul’s future.”
The 19-year-old scored eight goals in the Northern Ireland Premiership last season, and appears to have a bright future ahead of him as QPR and Reading to battle for his signature.