As reported by The Express, Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, rivalling long-time admirers Southampton.
Armstrong is entering the final year of his current contract at Celtic Park, after extending his deal for a further 12 months last summer.
Increasingly struggling to win a place in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven, the likelihood of him extending his stay in Glasgow now seems slim.
The Express say that Crystal Palace are eager to sign him, with the bidding deemed to start at around £4m, given his contract situation.
The paper also report that the Eagles will face competition from the likes of Southampton for his signature, who have held a long-term interest in his situation at the Hoops.
Armstrong may have never played consistently at an elite level comparable to the English Premier League, but he’s shown all the signs that he is capable of making the step up.
Last season wasn’t one of the strongest of his career to date but he was still a handy midfield option for Brendan Rodgers. The year prior was much more successful for the Bhoys, scoring a fantastic 17 goals from midfield.
He has the kind of attacking ambition in the middle of the park that could add real freshness to the Saints set-up, a team that are looking to play more positively next season after far too many draws in 2017/18.
With experience in Europe and at international level, he is well placed to attempt to make an impact in a stronger league.
Southampton have had plenty of success signing from the Scottish top-flight previously with the likes of Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk and Steven Davis becoming favourites.
Armstrong can provide the kind of industrious and determined midfield play that has seen Davis himself have such a successful career at the Saints and at the reported £4m, Mark Hughes shouldn’t hesitate in signing him up.