By Wayne Veysey

23rd Jan, 2021 | 8:15am

Exclusive: £500K bid may land attacker by next week amid Forest offer

A bid of £500,000 could be enough to lure Rangers, Celtic and Nottingham Forest target Siriki Dembele from Peterborough United this month, Football Insider understands.

The 24-year-old attacker has been on a collision course with outspoken Posh chiefs since, as revealed by this site on 4 January, handing in a transfer request.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Forest have offered a £250,000 loan-to-buy deal for Dembele.

Director of football Barry Fry has claimed his club would never accept that and admitted Forest’s interest in his in-demand attacker.

Chris Hughton’s side face major competition for the services of Dembele from Rangers, Celtic and Premier League clubs Wolves, Fulham and Crystal Palace.

Both of the Glasgow giants are very much still interested in the player and would be open to a deal in this window.

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His younger brother Karamoko is on the books at Celtic but Fry has claimed scouts from Steven Gerrard’s side have been keeping close tabs on the 24-year-old.

There is confusion over the length of Dembele’s Peterborough contract.

He signed a three-year deal when he joined from Grimsby in 2018 and that would ordinarily expire this summer.


But both Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson and Fry have recently claimed he has “18 months” left on his deal, suggesting a 12-month option could have been triggered at some point.

A versatile winger who can operate on either flank, Dembele has scored six goals and provided seven assists from 22 matches this season.

In other news, Celtic make approach to sign Hoops-daft ace with 263 Premier League appearances and who shone in top flight last weekend.