Exclusive: Celtic working on deal to sign £5m-valued forward on pre-contract
Celtic are working on a deal to sign QPR forward Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract, Football Insider can reveal.
The Scottish champions face competition from multiple English clubs as well as neighbours Rangers to land the in-demand 22-year-old.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club are putting together a package for Osayi-Samuel as they look to win the race for his signature ahead of the January window.
The wide man has entered the final nine months of his contract at the London club and is keen to quit Loftus Road.
QPR knocked back enquiries for Osayi-Samuel in the January window and, in February, triggered an option to extend his contract by 12 months until the summer of 2021.
He has held extensive talks with multiple clubs this summer but has been unable to agree terms with his many suitors.
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A move to Brugge collapsed earlier this summer after QPR had accepted a £5million bid, and the likes of Leicester City, Fulham and Brighton have also been keeping close tabs on him.
Osayi-Samuel’s value is set to plummet if he remains in west London beyond the 5 October cut-off.
That gives the likes of Celtic hope of landing him on a cut-price deal in January, when he can sign a pre-contract with a cross-border club ahead of leaving on a free next June.
QPR still want £5m for Osayi-Samuel going into the final month of the summer window after a dazzling 2019-20 campaign in the English second tier.
Osayi-Samuel, who can play anywhere behind the striker including on both flanks, scored six goals and supplied nine assists from 40 matches in all competitions.