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Celtic are in the hunt to sign Arsenal and England Under-17s goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, according to a report.

The Mirror claims that Okonkwo, 16, is also wanted by Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig after failing to agree a new deal at the Emirates.

It is understood that Arsenal have offered the 6ft 5in giant a scholarship deal with a professional contract to follow when he turns 17-years-old in September.

The report says that the highly-rated shot-stopper is yet to agree a deal with the Gunners and he could walk away as a free agent in the summer transfer window, even though he would rather stay put in North London.

Arsenal, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, have hired Huss Fahmy to oversee new deals, however he is quickly becoming a tough negotiator and there are several youngsters at the club who are in a similar situation to Okonkwo.

Football Insider verdict

Okonkwo definitely looks like a great up-and-coming talent, but his attitude towards signing a new deal at Arsenal may be something that will put Celtic off him. It’s odd to see a 16-year-old eager to stay put at a big club like the Gunners, but want to leave after not being able to agree a new deal. Arsenal have some of the best facilities worldwide and with respect to Celtic, he is not likely to end up anywhere that his better for his development. In terms of getting more senior football, Celtic and RB Leipzig would be better options for him to move to in the future, but this whole contract situation is bizarre.

In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has called on Rangers to beat the Hoops to their £5million-rated summer target.

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