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22nd Jul, 2016 | 11:41am

Celtic eye up third new striker but face competition from eight other clubs - report

By Dominic Toner

Celtic are one of nine clubs targeting Leicester City forward Tom Lawrence for a loan move, according to a report.

Premier League champions Leicester look set to send the 22-year-old out on loan for a third consecutive season and there is a large queue of clubs contending for the Welshman.

The Mail Online report that the Scottish champions are interested in bringing him to Celtic Park but Hull, Swansea, Aston Villa, Brighton, Derby County, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Wolves have also made enquires for the youngster.

The Scottish giants have already secured two strikers in this window, with Moussa Dembele and youngster PJ Crossan augmenting an attack led by Leigh Griffiths, who scored an impressive 40 goals in all competitions last season.

Celtic may hold the upper hand over their rivals with the offer of European football and possibly a Champions League opportunity if the club progress through the upcoming qualifiers.

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Lawrence moved to the King Power Stadium in 2014 and has spent time learning his trade at Rotherham, Blackburn and most recently Cardiff.

The youngster has failed to break in to the competitive Leicester side following his move from Manchester United, the club who had brought him through their successful academy system.

His spells in the Championship with Blackburn and Cardiff helped him earn his international senior debut with Wales, however he missed out on a place in Chris Coleman’s Euro 2016 squad.

Celtic are aiming to clinch their sixth consecutive top-flight crown this season but the last club to stop them, Rangers, have returned to the Scottish Premiership, following their comfortable promotion last season.

In other Celtic transfer news, former striker Tony Watt has signed for Scottish rivals.