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Club owner confirms Rangers and Celtic-linked ‘absolutely outstanding’ striker wants January move

Crewe Alexandra v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One
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Club owner confirms Rangers and Celtic-linked ‘absolutely outstanding’ striker wants January move

Reported Glasgow Rangers and Celtic target Siriki Dembele has put in a transfer request – but the Ibrox and Parkhead camps could have a battle on their hands to snap him up.

The 24-year-old, who plays for English League One side Peterborough, has impressed this season, registering five goals and five assists from 17 league games.

As well as Rangers and Celtic, Dembele is believed to have suitors south of the border too, such as Fulham and Watford.

Crewe Alexandra v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One

(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Posh co-owner Darragh MacAnthony confirmed on Monday that Dembele had asked to leave over the weekend, but has warned potential suitors he won’t be allowed to move on the cheap.

“I woke up to the transfer request from Siriki. We received it over the weekend and we weren’t expecting it,” he is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying.

 

“Every player in League One is for sale, but only at the right price. Siriki won’t be going anywhere unless we receive an acceptable offer.”

Dembele, the brother of Celtic prodigy Karamoko, has 18 months left on his Peterborough contract.

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In the first half of last season, Dembele struggled for game time, but after switching to a centre-forward role, he showed what he’s capable of and has taken that form into this season.

“The boy has been absolutely outstanding since realising he can play as a central striker,” manager Darren Ferguson said in February.

Peterborough have long been known as a team which produces gems – Ivan Toney one of the most high-profile recent examples – and with Dembele wanting to leave, he’d be a great signing for either Glasgow club.

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