The Daily Mail understands that Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic have joined Sky Bet Championship duo Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers in expressing an interest in Blackburn Rovers winger Connor Mahoney.
The 20-year-old is out of contract at Ewood Park following relegation under manager Tony Mowbray, but has been offered an extension. He is widely expected to reject that, but offering this deal means that Blackburn would be entitled to a fee for the player. Celtic being able to offer Champions League football could sway Mahoney’s eventual decision.
Of course, Nottingham Forest and Wolves may possibly represent more realistic offers in the sense of giving the winger more regular playing time. Mark Warburton is looking to stamp his own authority on his squad, whilst Nuno Espirito Santo has only entered Molineux earlier this summer as well. Brendan Rodgers has been known for bringing through talented youngsters through his managerial career, and that track record could attract Mahoney.
It is believed that Rovers are keen for the deal to go to a tribunal. This would see a fee agreed by an independent panel, so the club eventually signing Mahoney would be entitled to pay such a fee to the relegated club. Forest are said to be edging the race at this moment in time but there is still a long way to go on this potential transfer saga. The tricky wide man played 18 times as Blackburn eventually dropped out of the English second-tier, but the youngster was certainly one of the few able to hold his head high.