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Celtic: Hoops handed Kyle Joseph boost

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Celtic have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Wigan Athletic forward Kyle Joseph.

The Lowdown: Hoops’ Joseph talks

Celtic were first linked with a move for Joseph back in January, with reports in March revealing the Hoops have since offered the 19-year-old a pre-contract.

However, Joseph, who is out of contract in a matter of months, is yet to pen pre-Parkhead terms like Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Shaw has and his future remains up in the air.

Joseph’s talks with Celtic are yet to lead to an agreement, but it seems as if the Scotland Under-19 international could be the latest Latics starlet to leave the club.

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The Latest: Joseph set to leave Wigan

According to The Telegraph, Joseph is ‘expected to leave when his contract ends’ – seven words that could be of huge significance in Celtic’s pursuit of the forward.

He’s netted five League One goals this season in 17 appearances, and should a move to Celtic materialise, the Hoops would have to pay around £300,000 in compensation.

Celtic are thought to be aiming to sign the top young talent ahead of the summer window despite the absence of a full-time manager, and it seems as if Joseph could follow Shaw to Scotland.

The Verdict: A long-term Griffiths replacement?

In our opinion, Joseph could be a long-term replacement for current Hoops forward Leigh Griffiths.

Griffiths, 30, could end up being released by Celtic. The striker is waiting to hear from the Hoops regarding a potential 12-month extension, however, the deadline for the clause to be activated seems to have been and gone.

Should Griffiths end up leaving Parkhead, that could then allow Joseph to replace him in Glasgow, which in the long run, could prove to be a shrewd piece of business considering he wouldn’t cost them an official transfer fee.

In other news: Premier League club pull out of race to sign Kris Ajer, find out more here

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