Linfield chairman insists valuation of Smyth must be met

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Linfield chairman Roy McGivern has told the Belfast Telegraph that no decision has been taken on Paul Smyth’s future and that his club “has to be recompensed” before agreeing to let him go.

QPR have made an offer for the 19-year-old forward, who is a Northern Ireland international

“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,” McGivern said.

“There has been a significant amount of interest in Paul, which is no surprise, but he is still very much a Linfield 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.

“We don’t want to stand in anybody’s way but the club has to be recompensed.”