By Richard Parks
Celtic must act quick if they are to sign Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster.
Reports today, including from the Liverpool Echo, claim Bundesliga duo Borussia Mochengladbach and RB Leipzig are in hot pursuit of the 18-year-old striker after both registering their interest in landing him this summer.
They certainly have a chance, as Brewster is out of contract at Anfield and has snubbed two offers of a new deal.
Celtic are also keen on landing the front man, who was part of the England squad which triumphed at the Under-17 World Cup last year and even won the Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer.
The Scottish Herald claimed earlier this month that Celtic are in advanced talks to sign Brewster on a season-long loan and it is “more likely than not” that he will head to Glasgow next season.
There appears to have been a few twists and turns in recent days, and it is time for chief executive Peter Lawwell, who leads the club’s transfer and contract negotiations, to whirr into action and prevent the Bundesliga ambush.
Brewster has yet to make his senior Liverpool bow but scored eight goals in 19 appearances for the club’s Under-23s this season before suffering an injury in January that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
The teenager is lightning quick, has excellent movement and has already proved himself to be a prolific goalscorer at age-group level.
With doubts over the futures of strikers Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard, Celtic are in the market for at least two centre-forwards this summer.
They won’t have a huge budget to play with, and a season-long loan for a potential global star of the future would be a super piece of business.
Time is running out to get it done.
In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.