Celtic reportedly set to scout Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell

By John Reid

January 11, 2020

Celtic are reportedly set to watch Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell, as their interest in the player intensifies. The Daily Mail is reporting that the Hoops are set to watch the player in action for Stoke against Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

The report comes just 24 hours after the Daily Record revealed that the Hoops are planning to hold pre-contract agreement discussions with the player.

Campbell is out of contract in the summer. However, Celtic can sign the player for a cut-price fee of around £400,000, thanks for cross-border compensation rules. The Hoops have exploited this rule before, which allowed them to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham in 2016.

Hoops seem to be very interested in player

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It does seem that Celtic are very interested in signing the player, either in the January transfer window or in the summer. However, Stoke boss Michael O’Neill revealed on Friday that he has had discussions with the player about keeping him at the Potters.

Campbell has been in very good form for Stoke recently. He has scored three goals in his last three games. It will be interesting to see how the Hoops approach the discussions they are reportedly set to have with the player.

Will the Hoops be content to sign Campbell in the summer, or will they make a move for him in the current transfer window?

When should Hoops make move for player?

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That is a decision that Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond will have to think long and hard about. It would probably benefit the Hoops to get a deal done in January, but Stoke might want to keep the player at the club for the rest of the season in their battle to avoid relegation.

How Campbell performs against Millwall could have an impact on that. Should he play well, then the Hoops might well decide to make their move for the player sooner rather than later.