Celtic likely to lose star as EPL duo reportedly set for £15million bidding war

Forrest and Brown

In a whirlwind start to the lunchtime encounter Celtic winger James Forrest scored twice in the opening 10 minutes before a mistake by defender Jozo Simunovic allowed Jags striker Kris Doolan to pull one back. However, Forrest managed to grabbed himself a hat-trick as Celtic overcame Partick 3-2 in their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash at Parkhead.

In the news now, The Sun claims West Ham United and Leicester City will fight for the signature of Manchester City’s English midfielder Patrick Roberts come this summer, with the Citizen set to finally cash in on the 21-year-old winger.

The England under-21 star is currently on another long-time loan spell at Celtic, and after being linked with a player-plus-cash deal in a move that would have seen the former Premier League champions star Riyad Mahrez move to Etihad Stadium last month, £15million sale appears to be on the cards ahead of next season.

Celtic's English midfielder Patrick Roberts

Celtic’s English midfielder Patrick Roberts

Celtic wish to sign Roberts on a permanent basis, but the Scottish champions are definitely not going to meet Manchester City’s valuation of the starlet once the incoming bidding war begins.

The Foxes reckon Mahrez will finally leave Kings Power Stadium by summer after the Algerian international submitted a transfer request in the last 2 transfer window, and they see Roberts as a player capable of replacing the 2016 BBC African Player of Year winner.

After missing out on Roberts when he moved from Fulham for Man City years ago and also during the last window, West Ham will try to bring the England youth star back to London once more.

Ligue 1 giants Nice are also said to be monitoring his situation, and the highest bidder by summer will likely emerge top of the tussle for Roberts’ signature.

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