MANCHESTER CITY are poised to nick exciting teenage talent Josh Adam from under the noses of Celtic.
The midfielder, who turned 16 in February, could become the THIRD Hoops starlet to be lured from the club in under a year.
Adam could follow centre-half Liam Morrison, who made a stunning move to Bayern Munich last summer, and winger Barry Hepburn, who has also been linked with the Bundesliga giants, as CQN reported.
The English champions have been on the trail of Adam since he was named Player of the Competition following his displays for the Celtic youths at the prestigious Marc Overmars tournament in Holland last year.
City, according to a report in the Scottish Sun, are believed to have already had a substantial six-figure bid for the Scotland prospect rejected with the Parkhead side in no rush to part with one of their prized youth assets.
But Pep Guardiola’s side are not taking no for an answer and will return for Adam 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.