Celtic and Rangers lock horns to sign rising Stoke star

Date published: Wednesday 18th December 2019 10:54

Celtic are reportedly the latest club to express their interest in signing Stoke City prospect Tyrese Campbell – after it was reported Rangers had been eyeing up the Potters’ frontman earlier in the week.

Celtic’s head of football operations Nick Hammond is supposedly assessing attacking options and the 19-year-old Campbell is on the radar at Parkhead.

The move could come as soon as the January transfer window with Campbell struggling to break into the Stoke first team after falling out of favour.

The forward had played 16 times under former boss Nathan Jones but since the appointment of Michael O’Neill, Campbell is yet to feature for the Potters.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have also thrown their hat in the ring to sign the striker, after reports appeared in the Scottish press earlier in the week.

Tyrese has been in fine form in the Stoke Under-23s team – scoring twice last night against Middlesbrough.

The Potters’ man is only contracted until the end of season, meaning the club will only receive a small compensation fund of around £325,000 should he leave.

The cut-price summer fee may see Stoke prompted into offloading the England Under-20 in January to make a profit on the teenager’s potential.

The future of Campbell at the Bet365 was recently put on thin ice when his dad, former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, had accused Stoke City of racially abusing the young talent.

The accusation followed a Stoke advert which featured an image of Campbell alongside a Black Friday promotion.

Campbell made his Stoke debut in their final year in the Premier League – where he was linked with an Arsenal move – but has rarely featured since, scoring only once in 20 appearances for the Potters.

The frontman had a successful loan spell at Shrewsbury earlier in the year scoring 5 goals in 15 appearances but now, most of the interest is coming from north of the border.

Meanwhile in the league, Stoke are still two points from safety despite picking up four points from their last two games.

The Potters play Middlesbrough in a relegation face-off at the weekend, a win could see City move out of the bottom three.

 

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