GARY HOLT admits Lyndon Dykes will leave Livingston - but only if one of his growing list of suitors meets the club’s asking price.

The Lions knocked back a bid from Barnsley on Friday, believed to be in the region of £1 million, and are understood to be seeking closer to £2 million for their in-demand star.

Rangers’ interest in the former Queen of the South marksman could now increase, given Jermain Defoe’s injury and the transfer talk surrounding Alfredo Morelos.

A host of English clubs have also been linked with a possible move for the Australian.

Holt remains relaxed at the prospect of the 24-year-old departing West Lothian and insists the player is being kept fully updated on the situation.

And the Almondvale boss has confessed that offering the chance to win a big-money move elsewhere has to be part of his sales pitch to potential new recruits.

He said: “The club know where we’re at and Lyndon knows where we’re at.

“Everybody in football [has a price]. You want good value for what you’ve got and what you’ve done, and the stuff that us, at the club, have put into Lyndon as well.

“It’s just being honest and being open with the big man, and everyone else at the club knows where the club’s coming from.

“They know that there is an opportunity that if you do really well you’ve got a chance of moving.”

Meanwhile, Dykes has himself brushed off the possibility of a move away from Livingston.

The man from the Gold Coast struck it rich in the Premiership last season with 12 goals in 33 appearances for the Lions.

But he is keen to ensure the transfer talk does not distract him - and proved that with a goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Ross County.

Dykes said: “I don’t really get much worked up about it. There are always things in your head that can catch you out, but that never does.

“I have been linked with a few teams here and there but I am focused on being at Livingston.

“It’s an ambition for me to push on and play as high as I can in my career, that’s just what I’m like, I want to be the best I can and be at the top of my game wherever I am.

“But, at the moment, that’s at Livingston and I’m 100 per cent a Livi player and my head is going to be there.

“I will always be grateful to Livingston FC, they stuck their neck out for me, and whatever happens in the future happens.”

With uncertainty over his future at club level, Dykes is also in demand on the international scene as both his native Australia and Scotland, the country of birth of his parents, court his services.

He told the BBC: “My family are mixed about it, to be honest, it’s a hard decision.

“But, I think, in my mind I have made my decision and in the future it will come out to the public.”