Aussie hitman Dykes set for Championship move

Lyndon Dykes celebrates after an impressive performance for Livingston Source: Getty Images

Australian striker Lyndon Dykes is set to leave Scottish Premiership side Livingston after the club agreed a £2 million (A$3.6 million) deal with Queens Park Rangers.

The 24-year-old from the Gold Coast has been attracting interest from a number of clubs in England after his match-winning efforts against Celtic last year and an offer was accepted from the Championship side on Monday (AEST).

Dykes watched on from the stands as Livingston battled to a credible 0-0 draw with leaders Rangers on Monday but is due to have talks with the Londoners on Tuesday.

Despite an offer being accepted, QPR are not expected to be the only club to make a bid for Dykes' services with Middlesbrough, Swansea and Derby all interested in signing him.

The 1.88m striker was a talented rugby league player growing up in Canberra, before returning back to south-east Queensland where he represented Australian schoolboys at football despite only playing part-time on the Sunshine Coast.

Three years ago, he moved to Scotland to take up a contract with second division side Queen Of The South.

After impressing with the part-timers he joined Livingston for the 2018-19 season where his powerful displays have seen Scotland coach Steve Clarke try and persuade him to declare for his parents' birthland, with Socceroos coach Graham Arnold still yet to call him up.

Livingston manager Gary Holt said he was delighted to see Dykes get the chance to get a move that is expected to quadruple his wages and earn his club a huge windfall for a player that cost them £20,000 (A$36,000).

"I'm buzzing for the big man, we all are," Holt said.

"It shows people who want to come and learn, work hard and enjoy their work have the chance to improve.

"We've agreed our end and if the deal gets done, there will be no one more pleased than me.

"It's a massive loss for us. But one door closes and another one opens."

Source AAP