By Danny Wright
Celtic are in a three-way battle to sign Blackburn attacker Connor Mahoney this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Nottingham Forest and Wolves are also in the running to sign the 20-year-old, who is keen on moving away from Ewood Park when his contract expires in a matter of weeks.
However it is understood that Mahoney wouldn’t be available for free as Blackburn would be entitled for compensation due to him being under the age of 24.
That could fall into Celtic’s hands though, according to the Mail, as it is said that they could pay less than Forest or Wolves due to procedures being different when selling to a non-English side.
Mahoney made 19 appearances for Rovers as they were relegated from the Champions this season.
He supplied three assists as he emerged as one of the English club’s top performers in trying to keep themselves in the division.
However it was Mark Warburton’s Forest, who now want the winger, who resigned his side to the drop due to goal difference on the last day of the campaign.
Football Insider Verdict
Mahoney is definitely an exciting young talent and could prove to have a great future at Parkhead. He is without doubt the kind of winger that would fit into Brendan Rodgers’ tactics and it looks like they could pull off quite a cheap deal. There’s no way of losing out on signing the Blackburn ace really. The only threat that the Hoops could face is from Nottingham Forest or Wolves, who are expected to make some big changes to their squads this summer. They could be desperate to make additions and could twist Blackburns’ hand and spend a bit more money than they would have originally hope to.
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