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One winner and one loser at Stoke City if Celtic complete swoop for attacker



According to reports from the Daily Record, Celtic are interested in signing Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell.

The 19-year-old has found game time hard to come by under Michael O’Neill this season, and is yet to feature under the former Northern Ireland boss since taking the reins in November.

The young forward, who has scored one goal in a total of 16 appearances this season, hasn’t featured for the Potters since the 2-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion in November.

But Campbell has been an impressive performer for Stoke’s under-23 side this season, and scored a brace against Middlesbrough on Monday night to prove a point to O’Neill.

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According to Daily Record, though, Celtic are aware of Campbell’s availability and are interested in signing the striker, whose contract at the bet365 Stadium runs out at the end of the season.

It is claimed that Campbell would cost around £350,000 in a cross-border compensation deal, having moved to Stoke from Manchester City in 2016 for a fee of £1.75m.

Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser at Stoke if Campbell leaves for Celtic…

Winner: Scott Hogan

If Campbell were to leave, then it would be another striker who leaves the club and potentially pushes Hogan up the pecking order under O’Neill.

The 27-year-old has endured a mixed loan spell at the Potters since arriving from Aston Villa, scoring three goals in four league starts and making a total of 15 appearances thus far.

But the Republic of Ireland striker has made just three appearances under O’Neill with all three coming from off the bench, and has struggled to get into the team ahead of Vokes and Gregory.

If Campbell leaves, then it could give Hogan the confidence to fight for a place in the side under O’Neill due to their limited options up top.

Loser: Thibaud Verlinden

If Campbell were to leave Stoke, then what message could this send to Verlinden and any other young player struggling to make an impact at the club?

Verlinden is obviously yet to feature under O’Neill, but has been hugely impressive on loan at Bolton Wanderers this season and has scored two goals and added one assist.

The winger has made seven first-team appearances for Stoke, and it will be an uphill battle for him to get into the team under the Northern Irishman next season.

If Stoke were to get rid of Campbell, it suggests that O’Neill wants to work with older, more experienced players rather than giving youth a chance.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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