According to The Sun, Celtic and Brighton are set to battle it out to sign Wigan star Nick Powell in January, and the Bhoys need to go all out to win the race.
The Sun reports that Powell turned down Chris Hughton’s Brighton last year, but that the Seagulls are back in for the 24-year-old again and would pay £5m to get him into their squad in the winter transfer window.
However, the paper also reports that Celtic are prepared to offer the former Manchester United man a lucrative contract to tempt him to Parkhead, after the Bhoys have suffered a frustrating start to the season during which they have been knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage and sit five points behind Hearts at the top of the Scottish Premier League table.
Powell’s contract at the DW Stadium expires at the end of the 2018/19 season though and Rodgers has also said that he is willing to wait until the summer to get his man.
The Celtic hierarchy must allow boss Rodgers to go all out to sign Powell, as he would be a perfect fit for the Northern Irishman’s favoured 3-4-2-1 formation, where he could excel as one of the two attackers playing either side of the main striker.
The former England U21 international has been in electric form at the start of this season and has racked up three goals and four assists in the first seven Championship games for Wigan, helping the Latics to 11th in the table.
After Celtic sold goalscoring midfielder Stuart Armstrong to Southampton for £7m in the summer, Powell could be the perfect replacement for Rodgers.