Celtic and Rangers have been boosted in their bid to lure French attacker Thomas Robert this summer after he rejected a new Montpellier deal, Football Insider can reveal.
The Glasgow giants are both on the trail of the 19-year-old forward ahead of the summer transfer window.
A source with knowledge of Robert’s situation has told Football Insider he has rejected Montpellier’s offer of a new four-year contract and is keen to move to Britain this summer.
The teenager has real pedigree as his father Laurent spent four seasons at Newcastle United in the 2000s, where he scored 32 goals in 181 matches and was a Premier League star.
Like the former left winger, Robert is an attacking player and is a versatile forward who can play down both flanks as well as behind the main centre-forward.
He is in line to leave Montpellier without playing for their first team but has been training with the senior squad all season.
Significantly, he speaks perfect English after growing up in England and is keen to progress his career by returning to the land where his father played some of his best football.
Robert’s availability on a Bosman free transfer has alerted both Rangers and Celtic, whose transfer budgets are likely to be significantly reduced due to the financial chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coincidentally, Robert senior was wanted by Rangers before signing for Newcastle in 2001 for £9.5million.
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