It does feel like any talented youngster down south with an expiring contract is automatically linked with a move to Celtic, but Kyle Joseph has been rumoured with a move to Celtic Park for months now.
The talented Scottish U19 striker has been a bright spot in a pretty turgid season for Wigan Athletic this year, but his contract is up in the summer and it looks like he’s set to move on.
The Daily Mail have reported that Celtic are heavily interested and the cross-border rules mean they could snap him up for a compensation fee of around £200k, but Newcastle United are now in the driving seat.
They’re willing to pay around £850k to make the deal happen so obviously that’s going to be more appealing to Wigan, while they’re also in a position to pay a bigger wage to entice him.
The other thing that could tip this in Newcastle’s favour is the suggestion that they are ready to put him straight into their first team while Celtic see him as an U23 prospect for now, so that should be more enticing if he wants to play.
It’s worth pointing out that Newcastle are still in a real fight to avoid relegation so he would have more chances to play if they go down, but that could also cut their budget and force them to focus elsewhere.
Just now it appears that Newcastle is his most likely destination, while you can be sure that Wigan will do all they can to push him towards the club that’s going to pay the much higher transfer fee too.