Reported Derby County and Blackburn Rovers target Lyndon Dykes could be closer to a Livingston exit as his club sign a potential forward replacement.
The Australian forward has enjoyed a terrific campaign at Livingston.
Prior to the season abruptly ending due to the global health pandemic, Dykes had posted 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for the club.
The forward’s form attracted a host of interest. TEAMtalk claimed back in November how Derby, Blackburn and Cardiff City were among six Championship clubs keen.
As speculation continues to grow over his future, Livingston have been busy.
The Scottish Premiership club have signed Salim Kouider-Aissa on an initial two-year deal.
🆕| Livingston FC is pleased to announced the signing of 24-year-old striker Salim Kouider-Aissa on a two-year-deal (with the option of a third).
We’ll have an exclusive interview with Salim on #LFCLive later today.
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) July 13, 2020
The arrival of ex-Queens Park attacker Kouider-Aissa isn’t an official suggestion that Dykes is heading for the exit. However, it could certainly soften the blow.
Speaking to the Herald, Livi boss Gary Holt said he wouldn’t block a move for Dykes this summer as long as his club receive a fee fitting for the forward.
A chance for Derby to solve their striker issues:
For Derby, the latest news represents a potential opportunity to strengthen a problem area.
Chris Martin’s contract with the Rams expires this summer. Fellow forward Jack Marriott, meanwhile, has spent most the campaign battling fitness issues.
A new striker will be a top priority for manager Phillip Cocu. Dykes, standing at nearly 6ft 2inch but blessed with pace, could be the ideal player to lead the line next season.
Blackburn, on the other hand, spent big money on Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher but neither attacking player has really hit the ground running at Ewood Park.