Celtic appear to have lost out to Swansea City in the race to sign Wigan Athletic forward Kyle Joseph, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Celtic’s long-standing interest
The Hoops were first credited with an interest in the 19-year-old during the January window.
Celtic made an approach for Joseph in the winter window and offered him a pre-contract deal in March, but, as we know, Liam Shaw is the club’s only pre-contract addition so far.
And it appears as if that will remain the case following a recent development.
The Latest: Postecoglou announcement; Joseph update
It is believed that Postecoglou will assess transfer targets during his isolation period in Scotland, but it seems as if a deal for Joseph is now off the cards.
Football Insider ran a story on Joseph’s future just over an hour after Postecoglou was confirmed as Hoops boss.
A Swansea source informed the site that a deal has been agreed for the centre-forward, who snubbed a new contract at Wigan while also rejecting Celtic, Rangers and Newcastle.
The Verdict: Not an ideal start…
Celtic clearly liked what they saw in Joseph, and it seems as if they did all they could to secure a cut-price pre-contract deal that would’ve cost £300,000 in compensation.
The European qualifiers are coming up soon, so it is a big blow to already be missing out on potential additions to a squad in need of a rebuild.
In other news: Olivier Ntcham edges closer to Celtic exit, find out more here.
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