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HOOPS SPY ON STRIKER TODAY

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CELTIC will spy on Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell against Millwall in the Championship encounter this afternoon.

Neil Lennon is poised to make his move for the 20-year-old forward who is out of contract in June, as CQN reported last month.

The England Under-20 star could cost the Hoops around the £350,000 mark in a cross-border compensation deal, much the same as the agreement when Moussa Dembele quit Fulham for Parkhead in the summer of 2016.

Campbell moved to Stoke from the Manchester City Academy three years ago in a transfer worth £1.75 million, but has yet to commit himself to the club although new boss Michael O’Neill is keen to hold onto the powerful youngster.

Nicky Hammond, the The Hoops’ Head of Football Operations, is assessing a variety of options in the attacking department and is aware of the frontman’s potential availability.

Ex-Celtic skipper Paul Lambert originally brought Campbell into Stoke’s first-team set-up when he was in charge, but the youngster failed to make an initial impact and was loaned to Shrewsbury for the second-half of last term.

He scored five goals to help keep the club safe in League One before going back to City.

Campbell also scored twice on his debut for England’s Under-20s against Portugal in November.

Celtic have already brought in the cream of young English talent in the summer transfer market with Jeremie Frimpong (Manchester City), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton) and Luca Connell (Bolton) arriving at the club.

 

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