Celtic are in advanced talks with Charlie Wyke regarding a move to Parkhead this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claimed that the 28-year-old has informed Ange Postecoglou that he would require a four-year deal to join the Bhoys, in addition to requesting that his current £6,400-per-week salary at Sunderland is doubled, as well as asking for a multimillion-pound signing-on fee.
Previous reports have revealed that the centre-forward is a man in demand, with Championship trio Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Millwall all thought to have held talks with the £270,000-rated man this summer, although The Northern Echo claimed that Celtic are confident of getting a deal over the line for Wyke in the coming weeks.
With Odsonne Edouard likely moving onto pastures new this summer – the 23-year-old is heavily linked with a move to Leicester City – as well as Leigh Griffiths being out of contract at the end of the month and the Hoops having already sold Patryk Klimala back in April, centre-forward is certainly an area in which it would seem Postecoglou must strengthen this summer.
Considering the remarkable form Wyke showed for Sunderland last season, the soon-to-be free agent would appear to be a player who could well be the answer to the Celtic manager’s attacking prayers.
Indeed, over his 45 League One appearances last term, the 28-year-old scored a whopping 26 goals, registered three assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.4 shots and making one key pass per game.
As such, while these performances may already have been enough to convince Postecoglou to move for the man whom Johnson dubbed a “clinical” striker this summer, that Wyke looks set to be available to sign on a free transfer should result in the Celtic boss doing everything he can to get a deal over the line in the coming weeks. The 28-year-old could well prove to be the spark which fires the Hoops back to the top of the Premiership standings next term.