Newcastle United are leading Celtic in the race to sign Wigan Athletic striker Kyle Joseph.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claimed that the teenager’s representatives held talks with the Hoops back in February ahead of a potential pre-contract agreement.
Newcastle’s greater offer
However, it seems as if St James’ Park is a more likely destination for the 6ft 1in forward, with the Magpies stepping in with a greater offer.
Celtic could have paid a compensation package of just £230,000 for the 19-year-old, but Newcastle are willing to pay around £850,000 to try and force through a move.
Joseph has scored five goals in 14 League One games this season, with three of those coming in a 4-3 win over Burton Albion back in December.
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Transfer Tavern take
In the long run, this latest development could prove to be a blow.
Celtic have already secured a pre-contract agreement with Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Shaw, with the Hoops looking to target UK-based prospects with high upside potential on a pre-contract or for a nominal fee.
Joseph appears to fit that mould, but it seems as if Celtic could well miss out on the Wigan ace following this latest development.
In other news: Celtic star tells club he doesn’t want to play for the Hoops again, find out more here.
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