JOSH ADAM, Celtic’s exciting teenage talent, has quit the Hoops for Manchester City, as CQN forecast in April.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has been prised from Parkhead by the Etihad giants after also being linked with clubs in Germany.
City have won the race for his signature and Adam will move this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Adam caught their eye when he dazzled for Celts Colts at the Marc Overmars tournament in Holland and was named Player of the Competition.
The player is now the THIRD Hoops starlet to come under the transfer spotlight in 12 months.
Centre-half Liam Morrison made the stunning move to Bayern Munich last summer while winger Barry Hepburn has also been linked with the Bundesliga outfit.
City are believed to have had a substantial six-figure bid for Adam knocked back by the Parkhead side who were in no rush to part with one of their prized youth assets.
But Pep Guardiola’s side refused to take no for an answer and have returned for the teenager with the Hoops facing the prospect of being compensated by a modest UEFA-determined cross-border development fee.
The steady stream of talented babes leaving the club on or after their 16th birthday – when they can first sign a pro contract – is naturally concerning the Scottish title kings.
Ironically, ex-Hoops recruitment man David Moss, who is now an agent, was the individual involved in taking Morrison to Bayern and he also represents Hepburn who could take the same route out of the east end of Glasgow.
The influence of the former Partick Thistle, Falkirk, Dunfermline and Ayr United player is believed to be frowned upon by Celtic officials.