Celtic remain in the hunt for Newcastle and Tottenham target Kyle Joseph, according to an exclusive report from Football Insider.
They have been informed from a Hoops source that the club remain in dialogue with the Wigan forward ahead of a potential cut-price move, despite reports suggesting that Newcastle were leading the way to land the teenager.
Celtic, who are looking to lure top young talent to Parkhead, have not given up hope of signing the 19-year-old, who is out of contract at the DW Stadium at the end of the season.
Football Insider added that both Newcastle and Spurs, along with Rangers, are also hopeful of landing Joseph on a pre-contract deal.
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Former Celtic player and coach Billy Stark labelled Joseph’s goalscoring records coming through Wigan’s system as ‘excellent’, and it seems as if the youngster fits one of two Celtic transfer policies. The Hoops are thought to be looking at UK-based prospects with high upside potential who are available either on a pre-contract or for a nominal fee, per The Athletic.
Joseph fits that bracket of being an impressive UK young talent who could end up joining Celtic for just £300,000 in a compensation fee. He already has a number of senior appearances and goals under his belt, as well as being a Scotland youth international.
In the long run, Joseph could prove to be a shrewd replacement for someone like Leigh Griffiths, who at the age of 30 could end up being released by the club in the summer.
In other news: Two clubs interested in Griffiths on possible free transfer, find out more here.
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