Reported Sheffield United target, Tyrese Campbell, has apparently rejected the chance of moving to Celtic.
The 20-year-old is in fine form for Stoke this season. However, his contract is due to end in the summer and the Blades, along with the Gers and the Bhoys, are reportedly keen on landing him.
But Campbell, who has yet to sign a new deal, prefers a move to Rangers over Celtic if he is to move up north, according to the Daily Record.
That means it could now be a two-horse race between Chris Wilder and Steven Gerrard’s team in the race to land Campbell.
Having cemented himself under Michael O’Neill for the Potters, Campbell has scored five times in the Championship this term.
The young striker notched the winner just last weekend to give the Potters a crucial win over top of the league West Brom. Indeed, his form has been such, that Stoke boss O’Neill is keen to keep him.
“I’ve sat him down and told him how much I want him to stay’” O’Neill is quoted as saying.
However, Rangers could hold the upper hand. Cross-border rules mean he is available to the Gers for as little as £400,000. That fee could well tempt the Blades to act too, with Chris Wilder known to be considering further additions to his ranks.
With Celtic seemingly out of the running, it could well be a between Rangers and United in the coming days.
A gap opens up
While the chance to play for Rangers is a huge one and the lure of Steven Gerrard is there, Chris Wilder must surely fancy his chances now.
Only earlier today he admitted that the club are close to landing another player. Could he have been talking about Campbell? There’s every chance he was, especially given this latest update.
Tyrese Campbell would bring pace, youth, and a fresh option upfront for United. The reliance on Lys Mousset for all-out speed has, at times, been an issue.
Campbell would address that and give Wilder another quick striker in his ranks.