Celtic may sign Peterborough United attacker Siriki Dembele for a “bargain” price this week, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said that the 24-year-old would be a “diamond” of a signing for the Hoops if he could replicate his best form at Parkhead.

Football Insider understands that the winger, who has handed in a transfer request, could be available for as little as £500,000 this month.

Dembele has been one of Peterborough’s standout performers over the past three years and his 20 League One appearances this term have yielded five goals and seven assists.

This site has revealed Sheffield United, Fulham and Nottingham Forest are preparing bids for the forward while the Championship club have already had a £250,000 loan-to-buy offer rejected.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Dembele’s future, Whelan said:

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“Peterborough are a good side and they have let go of a couple of their better players in recent seasons and it looks like they could be about to lose another.

“If he is available for £500,000, that is a drop in the ocean for a club like Celtic. There is far more reward than risk with that deal.

“If he settles well and carries on showing the form he has already shown this season, you have got yourself a diamond.

“Nine times out of 10 Celtic’s scouting network get it right. If they can get it over the line, he could be one of the future.

“He is good player at a good age who could prove to be a bargain at that price.” 

The Peterborough forward is the elder brother of Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele.

Siriki Dembele, like Karamoko, began his career in Scotland – he played for Dundee and Ayr United at youth level before moving to Grimsby Town in July 2017.

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