Leicester City In The Running For £25 Million Ex-League One Star

Leicester City are keen to battle it out with Newcastle United for Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley ahead of the January transfer window, according to TeamTalk.

Having come up through Fulham’s academy, O’Riley moved to MK Dons when the side were still in League One on a free transfer back in 2021. His excellent form with the Dons eventually earned him a £1.5 million switch to Celtic in January 2022 after the Scottish giants activated his release clause.

Current Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou was the man who took the midfielder to Celtic Park as the side won back-to-back  Scottish Premiership titles.

During the summer transfer window, it was reported that Leeds United were hoping to bring O’Riley to Elland Road and submitted a £10 million bid for his services which was swiftly rejected by Celtic.

Now, TeamTalk are reporting that Leicester City are set to make a move for the 23-year-old but the Glasgow club are holding out for £25 million, with Newcastle also interested in purchasing the midfielder.

O’Riley has had yet another prolific season with Celtic in Scotland, scoring nine goals in 23 appearances and is currently the club’s top scorer in all competitions and is the joint-top scorer in the Premiership alongside Rangers star Abdallah Sima.

Furthermore, the playmaker has recorded eight assists for Celtic, including five in the league. No player has registered more goal contributions in the cinch Prem than O’Riley throughout the 2023/24 campaign so far.

Writer’s View

O’Riley seems destined for a return to English football, having done so well with MK Dons during his one-year stint with the club before making the jump to Celtic.

However, the Dane is a far better player than he was in League One two years ago and could be a superb acquisition for Leicester City as Enzo Maresca’s side continue their push for promotion back to the Premier League.

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