Report: Celtic track progress of Stoke City attacker Tyrese Campbell

By John McGinley

December 17, 2019

Celtic are tracking the progress of Stoke City youngster Tyrese Campbell, according to The Daily Record.

As another transfer window approaches, Neil Lennon and his staff are on the hunt for talents who could improve the first-team at Celtic Park and also offer future resale value.

One player now on our radar, say The Record, is 19-year-old Campbell.

The youngster has made a breakthrough into the Potters’ side this season, but with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, his long-term future at the club is in doubt.

Celtic are said to be actively monitoring his situation, with Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond aware his availability.

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The recruitment chief is reported to be assessing a variety of attacking options for transfers in upcoming transfer windows.

Rather encouragingly, the paper states that Celtic could land the young prospect for a compensation fee of just £350,000, exploiting a cross-border loophole similar to when Moussa Dembele arrived from Fulham.

It’s said that Campbell moved to Stoke from the Manchester City Academy three years ago in a transfer worth £1.75 million, so that would be a relative bargain.

Celtic target Tyrese Campbell

What should we know about him?

A current England U20 international, Campbell has scored twice for his country, both goals coming on his debut at that age level against Portugal.

At club level he’s predominately spent time playing for Stoke’s youth sides, knocking in 37 goals in 60 appearances for their U18 and U23 outfits (Transfermarkt).

He did spend time out on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season, scoring five goals in 15 League One appearances, helping them survive relegation to the tier below.

Although he’d made appearances for the Stoke senior side prior to this season, 2019/20 really has been his breakthrough, making 16 appearances in all competitions to date.

The majority of those have come from the bench and he only has a single goal to his name in the Championship.

Celtic have a good track record of signing young talents and polishing them up into players capable of playing Europa League and Champions League football, so despite his humble career beginnings, there is potential.

A name to watch in the coming weeks and months.