Celtic have stepped up their pursuit of signing Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell in order to strengthen their attacking arsenal in the ongoing transfer window.
The Daily Record have claimed that the Celts have informed the Potters of their intention of holding pre-contract talks with Campbell as they are keen to sign him.
However, their arch-rivals Rangers are also believed to be interested to make him sign on the dotted line and both the clubs are set to go head-to-head for the attacker.
Campbell’s contract with the Championship side expires in the summer and the report further states that Celtic have to pay £400,000 to secure his signature as training compensation.
Stoke City had paid around £1.75million to get hold of the English prodigy from Manchester City back in 2017 and will recoup only a fraction of that if he moves outside England.
Notably, a number of Premier League clubs including Wolves, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are also monitoring the 20-year-old from close quarters.
Owing to their strong financial muscle, the English sides could spend significantly more than Celtic and it will be interesting to see where he finds himself in the coming weeks.
Is He A Signing Celtic Need To Make?
Celtic are facing cut-throat competition from the Gers this season in the Scottish Premiership, which is why they simply cannot afford to be complacent in their endeavours.
The Bhoys have relied heavily on Odsonne Edouard this season owing to the lack of exuberance from the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.
Neil Lennon certainly needs reinforcements this month to strengthen his chances of clinching the league title and Campbell could be a shrewd signing by him.
It has been claimed that the England Under-20 international is frustrated due to the lack of game-time offered to him and is willing to decide on his future.
Campbell has showcased his calibre of being an intelligent young gun. He is brimming with energy and confidence and also has a penchant to find the back of the net.
His pace and strong physique are his strongest suits and apart from his ability to hold the ball well in the final third, he can also create chances for his teammates.
In 15 Championship outings this season, including just 5 starts, Campbell has bagged 4 goals and 1 assist. For the aforesaid nominal fee, he could be a decent back-up for Edouard.
Although he is still a raw product, he could take his game ahead under the tutelage of Lennon if his move to Celtic Park transpires this month and would be a long-term solution for the club.
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