Celtic face competition to land Wigan Athletic striker Kyle Joseph from no fewer than six different clubs, according to Lancashire Live.
Contractually, the Scotland under-21 call up is free to leave the DW stadium at the end of this month [Transfermarkt]. In his breakthrough season, the youngster fared rather impressively, scoring five goals from 18 Sky Bet League One appearances [Transfermarkt].
In need of reinforcements, Celtic have been accredited with an interest in Joseph as far back as January [Football Insider]. However, the Celts now face opposition for his signature from clubs residing in Scotland, England, and Wales.
Two of the interested parties happen to hail from the English Premier League. Tottenham and Newcastle are monitoring the frontman’s situation, whilst Rangers, Swansea, Sheffield United and Preston North End are also keeping an eye on latest developments [Lancashire Live].
However, there is a sting in the tail for the English top-flight and second tier outfits. Any move for Joseph would require the English and Welsh clubs to pay a compensation fee of £500,000 for the Wigan academy graduate [The Boot Room].
Contrastingly, Celtic and Rangers would only need to fork out around £230,000 for his services due to the cross-border pre-contract legislation in place [Daily Mail].
Given his age and clear potential – Wigan boss Leam Richardson said the starlet is ‘on top of the world’ and will enjoy a very good career – this feels like a possible bargain with a chance for a bit profit down the line.
Verdict: Kyle Joseph is a no-brainer pursuit for Celtic
Without question, Celtic should act swiftly in order to secure their long-term target. Low risk, high potential signings are exactly the tonic needed to rejuvenate a fragmented Bhoys side, whether they sell him on for profit in the future or not.
Fundamentally, Joseph is simply too good a prospect to let slip through the Parkhead net. Under the right guidance, he could feasibly become a reliable first-team player before too long based on his impressive emergence into senior football this term.
By granting him regular opportunities, his stock will continue to rise, whilst additionally providing future sell-on value. The prodigy is the definition of a no-brainer signing for a club like Celtic at the reported price of just £230k.
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