Celtic looks to EFL star to help control teenage sensation

Celtic are ready to make a move for Siriki Dembele in hopes of persuading his brother, Karamoko, to compromise his future with the club, TEAMtalk understands.

Forward Siriki is currently starring for Peterborough United in League One and Celtic I have been greatly impressed by your progress this quarter.

The 24-year-old joined Peterborough Grimsby in 2018. He had previously been in the youth configurations at Dundee United and Ayr United. At one point, he was without a club before passing through the Nike Football Academy.

Now Siriki is attracting widespread interest, and Premier League and Championship clubs are watching him closely.

Lobos, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Queens Park Rangers and Derby County have all watched it in recent weeks. But it is Celtic who are pushing the hardest.

They also have the advantage of being able to offer the player a pre-contract in January. This would be with a view to a free transfer at the end of the season.

If Celtic were to land Siriki, he might very well help them persuade Karamoko – widely regarded as one of the brightest young players in the country – to commit his long-term future to the Bhoys.

Karamoko, who has already appeared in Neil Lennon’s first team, has no contract at the end of the season. It is understandable that Celtic are desperate to tie him up.

The belief is that Siriki’s signature will help in that process. There is also a third brother, Hassan, 11, who is also in the club system.

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Meanwhile, TEAMtalk also understands that Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in AFC Wimbledon star Quaine Bartley.

The youngster is lucky enough to make his debut with the first team this season, despite the fact that he is only 16 years old.

The Dons broke the teenager after Tottenham let him go and as such the League One team feels they have a ‘gem’ on their hands.

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