After signing two new players this transfer window, Celtic are now reportedly doing battle with Rangers over a young Stoke City striker.
Celtic has just recently brought in Polish striker Patryk Klimala, and now reports suggest that a deal for a highly rated Ivory Coast midfielder Ismaila Soro is complete. Ismaila Soro will help solidify the midfield that has recently struggled with injuries.
However, the Hoops are not done with their transfer endeavours, and a new name has appeared as a likely target. The issue is that cross-town rivals Rangers are also in on the player.
The player in question is Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell. The 20-year old has scored four goals in 17 appearances for Stoke City this season. At the end of the season, his contract will be up and will be able to negotiate terms with another team.
As Sky Sports points out, the Hoops and Rangers have a distinct advantage in signing Tyrese Campbell:
“Because of his age Scottish clubs can sign Campbell for a much lower compensation fee – around £400,000 – compared to what his market value would be.
“Campbell – the son of former Everton striker Kevin Campbell – is also attracting interest from a number of English clubs, but they would have to pay a much higher fee in compensation than their Scottish rivals.”
Talk of a loan for Tyrese Campbell has also be drummed up by Sky Sports, but it doesn’t seem likely that the Hoops or Rangers would bring him in this winter. Instead, both teams will hedge their bets and go head-to-head this summer for the youngster.
Despite his lackluster numbers with Stoke City, a change of scenery could help him reach the next level. On top of that, Celtic has a renowned program that has helped players revitalize and reshape their careers. If anything, adding Tyrese Campbell could help provide quality depth, and keep him out of the Rangers’ grasp.