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Celtic and Newcastle met with fresh competition for £500,000 transfer of Kyle Joseph

Swansea City have dealt Celtic and Newcastle United a fresh blow in the summer transfer race for Wigan Athletic striker Kyle Joseph.

That’s according to Wales Online, who claim Swansea have joined the race for the sought-after striker. The Jacks previously assessed Joseph for a move during the January window but are now targeting a summer swoop.

Joseph’s performances for Wigan during the 2020/21 season as he struck five goals in 20 games impressed Swansea. The 19-year-old will leave his League One side when his contract expires at the end of June, though.

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Wigan have offered Joseph new terms, but he is yet to put pen to paper at the DW Stadium. That presents an opportunity for Swansea, who have lost a number of manager Steve Cooper’s previously favoured players.

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But the Championship play-off runners up, who finished the regular season in fourth, would face widespread competition. Celtic and Rangers are cited as potential destinations in Scotland. While Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Preston North End could also offer Joseph a continued career in England alongside Newcastle.

The Toon are favourites for Joseph’s signature, per Chronicle Live. He ticks the boxes for Steve Bruce’s Magpies, who would offer a first-team role at St. James’ Park.

Wigan would be owed £500,000 in compensation for Joseph despite him being a free agent, given he is under 24. The London-born wonderkid joined the Latic’s academy in 2014 and made his senior debut last October.

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Celtic may remain without a manager after Eddie Howe rejected the chance to take up the hot seat, but the Hoops need to step up their pursuit if Joseph is to head to Parkhead.

Joseph would offer Celtic a truly promising young player who has already begun to cut his teeth in the game. He has also overcome adversity after spending three months out with a serious back injury.

But the Premiership giants already trailed Newcastle in the race for the teenager and competition from Swansea will be tough. Opportunities to play will open up at the Liberty Stadium with several leaving, potentially allowing Joseph to slot straight in.

Joseph would also play in an attractive system under Cooper, who likes his players to attack and create of chances. The youngster would know exactly what he is walking into at Swansea, which is not currently the case at Celtic.

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