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Celtic: Hoops to miss out on Kyle Joseph

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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

Celtic announced Ange Postecoglou as their new permanent manager early on Thursday morning, with the 55-year-old penning a 12-month rolling contract.

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.

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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.

It may not be ideal news for Postecoglou to see a move for a highly-rated Scotland Under-21 international, who was also wanted by Newcastle and Tottenham, end just hours after he joined.

With Leigh Griffiths’ future up in the air and Odsonne Edouard telling friends he is leaving for Leicester City, the new boss will now need to get to work quickly finding other attacking targets.

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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