Celtic might have to defeat Rangers if they want to sign in-demand Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell. The striker was linked with a move to the Hoops back in December.

However, a report in the Daily Record claims that the player is now a transfer target for Celtic’s bitter rivals. The report claims that scouts from the Ibrox club have been watching the player for a while, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Premiership sides also reportedly interested

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There is also interest in the player from Crystal Palace and Wolves. Campbell is on a decent run of form for Stoke, having scored three goals in his least three appearances for the Championship side.

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What is interesting about any potential deal for Campbell is that it could be similar to the move that Moussa Dembele when he signed for Celtic back in the summer of 2016.

Could be signed for bargain fee

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The Hoops could reportedly sign him for a bargain price of around £400,000, which would be the cross-border development fee that Celtic or Rangers would have to pay for him. That seems like a bargain, for a player who looks to have a big career ahead of him.

 

Celtic reportedly paid around only £500,000 for Dembele when they signed him and later sold him for £19.7 million, an incredible bit of business.

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If Rangers interest in the player is concrete, and judging by the report it seems to be, then Celtic may need to move fast if they want to sign the striker.

What could complicate matters is that the striker is probably one of a number of forwards that the Hoops will be looking at during the January window. It would feel good to get one over the club’s bitter rivals though. Will that make a difference to any potential move to the player? That remains to be seen. We shall find out in the next few weeks.

 

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