Stoke City face a battle to keep hold of Tyrese Campbell, with the striker attracting plenty of interest both in the Premier League and in Scotland.
The 20-year-old has scored four goals for the Potters this season, including an impressive brace in the recent 5-2 win at Huddersfield.
With his contract up in the summer, Campbell’s future is unclear, with the Independent reporting that Crystal Palace and Wolves have joined Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers in weighing up a move for the youngster.
Of course, Stoke will be reluctant to lose the striker but the reality is that the power is with the player due to his deal running down.
Here we analyse three potential paths for Campbell…
Sign a new deal with Stoke
In fairness to Campbell, he has often spoke about wanting to play regularly and it seemed as though he would leave a few months ago because he was way down the pecking order.
However, things change quickly in football and Michael O’Neill turned to the player in recent weeks and he has shone. He would now be a sure starter and that could convince Campbell that his future lies in Staffordshire.
Sign a pre-contract with Celtic
An attractive option for Campbell would be to sign a pre-contract with Celtic, which he is able to do this month.
Whilst he would struggle to get ahead of Oddsone Eduoard initially, the number of games the Hoops play should ensure he gets a chance and they obviously have the benefit of playing in Europe.
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Campbell is ambitious and there’s no doubt he will dream of playing in the Premier League and Wolves could give him that opportunity.
The obvious concern would be a lack of game time but Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad is surprisingly small and they lack options up top, so he may be closer to the XI than you would think.
Of course, he will have to start in the U23s but if he impresses he could get a few opportunities pretty quickly.