Celtic are one of the teams interested in signing Wigan Athletic teenager Joe Gelhardt this summer, The Sun has reported over the weekend.
The English Championship side are currently in administration and the report states they are now in a rush to move on a number of players to raise cash, in an effort to pay off bills that are due next month.
It’s said by the paper that Celtic are one of the teams who could take advantage of the situation, with Gelhardt in the sights.
Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Southampton and Leeds United are all also credited with an interest in the England youth international, who has just a year left on his current contract.
The young striker has made 17 appearances for Wigan in the second-tier this season, primarily from the bench.
Still just 18, he’s been a regular for England’s U17 and U18 sides, even taking the captain’s armband on occasion.
He’s scored 11 goals in 24 youth international matches for his country (Transfermarkt).
Celtic have made it a transfer strategy since Nick Hammond came into the club as Director of Football Operations to sign up young talents emerging in English football, with Luca Connell, Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor all arriving from down south in 2019.
Gelhardt certainly fits that kind of profile and could be the latest to make move north if Celtic follow up on their reported interest.
With first-team experience already earned and an apparently bright future ahead of him, he could be shrewd budget acquisition this summer that pays off down the line.