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23rd Jun, 2018 | 6:42am

Fee agreed: Celtic first-team midfielder close to £6m exit with talks ongoing - report

Premier League side Southampton have agreed a fee in excess of £6million for Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, according to a report.

Sky Sports claims that the 26-year-old is in talks with the Saints ahead of his switch to England after a deal was agreed with the Scottish champions.

It is understood that Crystal Palace and Brighton had been keen on the Scotland international, but Southampton appear to have won the race for his signature.

Football Insider verdict:

Armstrong has just one year remaining on his deal at Parkhead and collecting £6million-plus for him is decent business by Celtic at the end of the day. The central midfielder has cemented his place in Bhoys history by playing a key role in their double treble winning seasons and was a serious goal threat with 17 goals during the 2016/17 campaign. His influence lessened last season with just the five goals across all competitions and a departure now seems like the right move for him. Manager Brendan Rodgers certainly has enough depth in his squad to cope with Armstrong’s departure and may even be able to invest his cash elsewhere. It will be interesting to see if Armstrong can make a real fist of it in the Premier League with Southampton, who have clearly seen enough in him to take a chance this summer and will hope he can hit the ground running for them.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers should use the Hoops’ upcoming pre-season friendlies as an experiment.

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