Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie is itching for a deadline day move to Southampton, according to Carlton Palmer.
Christie’s contract with the Scottish Premiership title challengers expires in January, which has led to uncertainty over his future despite Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou wanting to negotiate a new deal.
He has been linked with moving south of the border and Southampton were reportedly keen to pounce by landing Christie for a cut-price fee.
If Saints fail to get a deal over the line before tonight’s deadline, Christie could pen a pre-contract agreement. However, south coast rivals Bournemouth, as well as Burnley, are also looking to swoop according to Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old has made an impressive start to the new season, notching a goal and three assists in nine appearances as Celtic look to bounce back from being beaten to the Scottish Premiership title by Rangers last term.
Despite interest from elsewhere, former Southampton midfielder Palmer believes Christie has his heart set on a switch to St Mary’s.
He exclusively told Football FanCast: “Anybody who wants to play football wants to play in the Premier League, that is for sure. Of course, I think he’d jump at the chance.
“Southampton is a fabulous football club. I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped at the opportunity.”