Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed conversations over a new deal for Celtic target Siriki Dembele have begun.
The Lowdown: Celtic’s interest
Celtic have been credited with an interest (Give Me Sport) in the 24-year-old in recent months.
Reports have suggested that a move for Dembele, who is the older brother of Celtic’s young talent Karamoko Dembele, could be part of a plan from the Hoops to keep the 18-year-old at Parkhead.
The Posh striker scored 11 times and registered 12 assists in 42 League One appearances this season, helping Peterborough win promotion to the Championship.
He’s out of contract this summer, however, MacAnthony is now looking to tie him down at London Road.
The Latest: MacAnthony’s Twitter post
MacAnthony was answering various questions on Twitter on Tuesday, and one involved Dembele.
He was quizzed if the club are close to agreeing on contracts with Dembele, Nathan Thompson and Dan Butler, to which he replied:
“Conversations now beginning with them all yes.”
The Verdict: A shrewd addition?
In our opinion, Celtic should be exploring a possible cut-price deal for Dembele. Not just because that may help keep his younger brother, who has been linked with a move away, at the club (although that may help), but because of his qualities.
The Peterborough man played in three positions during the current campaign, impressing in all of them.
That could come in handy under the new Hoops boss next season, especially with striker Patryk Klimala recently sealing an exit and winger Mohamed Elyounoussi set to return to Southampton following his loan spell.
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