Leeds United are reportedly set to rival Ipswich Town and Championship new boys Bolton Wanderers for the loan signing of Manchester City’s Bersant Celina, according to Independent Ipswich Town.

The 20-year-old midfielder is highly rated at Manchester City, having already made his first-team debut for the club, but with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Nolito and Kevin De Bruyne all much higher in the pecking order, first-team opportunities have been limited.

A spell out on loan with Eredivisie side Twente last season yielded 5 goals in 30 appearances and gave the youngster some valuable match experience in a competitive league.

Since switching his allegiance from Norway’s under-21s team to play for Kosovo, Celina has won 6 caps for the Kosovan national team, scoring once in the process, clearly indicating the promising future the 20-year-old has.

Celina spoke to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on the move, stating: “The plan is to play in the Championship. I’m going to try to find a club there.“

He went on to say: “I think Bolton would be a good club for me. It’s a club that belongs in the Championship or Premier League.”

Phil Parkinson will be keen to add the Kosovan international to his side’s ranks this summer, after having already secured the services of former Reading and Cardiff striker Adam Le Fondre, however, he faces competition from Ipswich Town and Leeds United.

Ipswich will see Celina as the perfect replacement for Tom Lawrence, who is surely set to feature in the Leicester City first team next season. However, with all 3 clubs interested, Celina and Man City have a big decision on their hands.


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