Norwich City and Middlesbrough could yet hijack Celtic’s move for Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell according to The Sun.
The versatile midfielder who can also play at full back was thought to be in talks with the Scottish side but newly promoted Norwich and Championship side Boro could yet make a late move for him.
The 18-year-old is looking to leave League One Bolton this summer although the crisis hit club will only receive compensation of around £250,000 for him due to his age. The central midfielder is still a third-year scholar at Bolton.
The Canaries technical director Stuart Webber has long admired the Republic of Ireland international and is thought to be monitoring him and Middlesbrough assistant Robbie Keane is also aware of the teenager’s talent due to his Irish connections.
Wolves and Sheffield United have also reportedly expressed an interest but it seems as though Celtic are still the favourites to capture the youngster.
Despite Bolton’s hugely disappointing season, Connell was very impressive and such were his performances he was called up to the Ireland squad which rounded off his spectacular campaign.
He can still switch countries to England but has told Mick McCarthy he is committed to Ireland following his call-up.
It is thought that Connell could however be tempted by Premier League football and Norwich manager Daniel Farke’s dedication to their youth players who have exploded onto the scene at Carrow Road.
Bolton are looking to obtain as much money as possible in order to ease their financial problems and although it would be disappointing to lose Connell it may be seen as a necessity for the club.