Celtic have failed in a bid to sign teenage striker Veron Parkes after his exit from West Ham, Football Insider understands.
The Scottish giants were among a number of clubs across Europe pursuing the forward after this site broke the news in May he had rejected the Hammers’ offer of a professional contract.
But they have been been beaten by Dutch side Fortuna Sittard to the signature of the 18-year-old centre-forward.
The Eredivisie outfit announced the capture of Parkes earlier today and added on their official website that he had “walked out” of a contract at the London Stadium.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club had offered a contract to the teenager after he set his sights on a move to a team where there was a realistic pathway to senior football.
Parkes was very attracted to the possibility of moving to Parkhead and noted the huge impact made by Jeremie Frimpong since he quit Man City last summer to join Celtic on a four-year contract.
But the young forward feels his career would be better served playing in Holland and getting a regular taste of first-team football.
He had made it clear when quitting West Ham he does not want to waste all of his teenage years playing Under-23s football.
— Fortuna Sittard (@FortunaSittard) August 19, 2020
Significantly, Parkes could have joined the Hoops or any club on the Continent for a compensation fee of no more than £300,000.
Parkes excelled for West Ham’s youth sides last season, scoring 13 goals and providing six assists in just 19 games for their Under-18s and Under-23s.