Celtic have signed no fewer than five players this summer and it appears their business is not done just yet…
According to Football Insider, the Scottish champions are working on a deal to sign Queens Park Rangers winger Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract agreement but they face a ton of competition for one of the Championship’s most in-demand stars.
They claim the Hoops are putting together a package for the 22-year-old ahead of the January transfer window where he would be free to join another club providing he doesn’t sign an extension to his current deal.
Rangers are also interested in the 5 foot 9 attacker whilst Leicester City, Fulham and Brighton have been keeping tabs too.
Osayi-Samuel saw a £5m move to Belgium fall through just two months ago, so to be able to clinch him on a free transfer – albeit not for another year – would be quite the steal.
His Rs teammate Eberechi Eze often took the plaudits in west London so the young Englishman has been left rather underrated despite an impressive campaign himself.
Per WhoScored, the 22-year-old provided five goals and eight assists whilst averaging 2.9 dribbles, 1.2 key passes and shots, and drew 1.9 fouls per game too.
QPR boss Mark Warburton believes the wide man is a “real handful” who has “sheer pace which terrifies defenders” and this is perhaps something Neil Lennon currently lacks in James Forrest and Moi Elyououssi.
To add weight to that argument, Osayi-Samuel has been described as a “lively, powerful and energetic dribbler” who’s an “absolute nightmare” to play against, as per the PFSA.
Neither of the aforementioned Bhoys duo have averaged more than 0.8 dribbles per game this term, so that sort of exciting threat is clearly going amiss at Parkhead.
Nick Hammond is surely onto a winner with the QPR sensation.
AND in other news, Hoops could land themselves a “diamond” in EFL starlet…