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9th Jun, 2018 | 9:46am

PL club join hunt for Celtic midfielder stalling on contract, bidding to start at £4m - report

Premier League club Crystal Palace have joined the hunt to sign Celtic Stuart Armstrong midfielder and are keen on bringing him to Selhurst Park this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Express claims that Palace are lining up a move for the 26-year-old, who is currently stalling on a new contract at Parkhead and his existing deal has just one year remaining.

It is understood that the bidding is likely to start at £4million is the Eagles step up their pursuit of the Scotland international, but English rivals Southampton also have a long-term interest in the player.

Football Insider verdict:

Celtic have not given up hope of keeping Armstrong, but his contract situation means there is a possibility he could depart for the riches of the Premier League this summer. Palace director of football Dougie Freedman is keen on a move for the central midfielder after recommending him and believes he could make an impact in their side. Armstrong has a place in Celtic history as a part of their famous double treble winners and he was a serious goal threat in the 2016/17 campaign with 17 goals from midfield. He still managed five goals in the most recent season, but had to deal with rotation of the squad on a consistent basis. The Bhoys should be looking to keep a player of Armstrong’s value for the foreseeable future, but if he wishes to depart this summer they must squeeze every penny out of the Premier League clubs interested in his signature.

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