Celtic reportedly set for talks with Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell

By John Reid

January 10, 2020

Celtic could be one step closer to making a signing. The Daily Record are reporting that the Hoops have told Stoke City they intend to hold talks with their striker Tyrese Campbell when they return from training camp in Dubai. Intriguingly enough, the report also claims that Rangers have also told Stoke that they intend to hold discussions with the player.

Current club has had discussions with player

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Stoke seem to be eager to keep Campbell though, and the report reveals that manager Michael O’Neill has had discussions with the player about keeping him down south.

The most interesting thing about any potential deal for the player is that if he moves to Scotland Celtic – or Rangers would only have to pay around £400,000 for him, due to the compensation rules. Celtic were fortunate enough to sign Moussa Dembele for a bargain price due to those rules. They might be hoping for a similar outcome second time around.

The outcome of the player’s talks with Stoke could hold the key to Campbell’s future. Should he decide to move on and not sign a new deal, then they could decide to sell in January.

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That could start a bidding war between teams, which the Hoops would no doubt be eager to win.

Signing striker remains priority for club

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Celtic’s interest in Campbell shows that striker remains a priority position in the January transfer window. The Hoops need a player who can help Odsonne Edouard in the second-half of the season. Will that player be Tyrese Campbell?

We shall find out in the coming weeks. The player faces a huge decision, as at the age of 20, he will be making a big move if he joins the Hoops. There is a lot more pressure playing in Glasgow then there is playing in Stoke.

He might well take his time before considering his future. In the meantime, Celtic will get on with other transfer targets, whilst they wait for discussions to begin. Hopefully, the outcome is favourable to the Hoops.