By Kevin Phillips

21st Jun, 2021 | 8:47am

Phillips suggests 'Celtic are offering five times more than Sunderland' to seal Wyke deal

Kevin Phillips is “surprised” Celtic are closing in on the signing of Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke after fresh talks last week.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed the 28-year-old’s arrival would offer a “big indication” as to how new manager Ange Postecoglou intends to play next season.

The Northern Echo reported on 20 June that the Hoops held a fresh round of talks with the centre-forward at the back end of last week.

Football Insider revealed on 16 June that Celtic were set to offer Wyke a long-term contract in a bid to beat a host of English clubs to his signature.

It is understood that Wyke, who will become a free agent on July 1, is “very keen” to swap the Stadium of Light for Parkhead.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the striker’s future, Phillips said:

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“I’m assuming Celtic are offering him five times what Sunderland are and he can command more because he is a free agent.

I think he could do a job up at Celtic but only if you give him the right service. You have to play a certain way when he is in your side, you need to be direct.

Sunderland went from back to front quite early at times. If you are playing with wingers he will always provide you an option in the box. He is always in and around the penalty spot.

His signing would be a big indication as to how Postecoglou plans to play next season.

I am surprised they want to signing him in truth but on a free, he may be used as an impact sub. He will probably not play every week.”

In other news, pundit backs Griffiths to sign new Celtic deal after update via Sky.