Scottish giants Celtic are plotting a move for in-demand Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell according to a report in The Sun.
Wolves, Norwich and Sheffield United have shown a keen interest in eighteen-year-old, but the Sun claims the Bhoys have made a dramatic late move to take Connell north of the border.
The central midfielder is still a third-year scholar at Bolton and impressed despite relegation to League One amid a financial crisis at the club. He made twelve appearances in the second half of the campaign and impressed enough to earn a call up to Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad a fortnight ago.
His performances have also caught the eye of Neil Lennon who wants to add Connell to his squad.
Southampton and Brighton are also interested and had bids rejected in January according to the report.
Lennon will have done well to capture the highly rated Connell from under the noses of several Premier League Clubs.
He can perhaps offer Connell more first-team opportunities than if he moved to the Premier League, and so hasten the player’s development.
Bolton fans will be disappointed, but most are resigned to losing their best assets and can only hope the club is astute enough to make sure there are substantial sell-on clauses in the deal.