By Alex Stevens
Celtic have turned their attention to signing Fulham hotshot Moussa Dembele, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim manager Brendan Rodgers has made enquiries about the 19-year-old, who scored 17 Championship goals in the 2015-16.
It is said that Celtic have been put off by Aston Villa’s asking price for Scott Sinclair after having a £2million bid rejected by the English club.
Dembele is one of the most in-demand young players in Europe as he is out of contract at Fulham this month and is able to move overseas for a compensation fee of just £250,000.
He was hailed as the next Thierry Henry when he joined Fulham from Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 initially on a three-year contract. The deal was extended by a further 12 months last summer when both parties decided to trigger the option of a 12-month extension.
Dembele had a medical at Tottenham in the January transfer window but the deal collapsed and he returned to west London.
Tottenham were thought to be keen on a return for Dembele once his contract expires at the end of the month, but there has yet to be a fresh approach from Spurs for the striker.
One thing Spurs do have in the favour is the fact that if Dembele was to decide to walk, Fulham would much prefer he signed for the London club.
Fulham would only recoup the £250,000 fee they paid for Dembele in 2012 if he moved overseas in the summer but, were he to stay in England, they would be entitled to a far higher fee under Premier League rules.
Should the Londoners and the buying club from England not agree a fee, it would be settled by a tribunal, as in the case of Danny Ings when he joined Liverpool last summer after his Burnley contract had expired.
In other Celtic news, the Scottish giants have been told to increase their offer for a key Premier League target.