Charlie Wyke has held talks with Nottingham Forest, although it seems likely he will reject the Reds to sign for Celtic.
That’s according to the Northern Echo who claims the Sunderland man is nearing a switch to Celtic Park.
Several Championship clubs have been interested in the player who will become a free agent during the summer.
Sunderland are keen to keep him at the Stadium of Light, although those chances now look to be close to zero.
Celtic will be in the market for a new striker this summer. Odsonne Edouard looks set to leave, whilst Mo Elyounoussi has returned to Southampton.
Wyke looks like an ideal fit for the Hoops. He fired 30 goals during 2020/21 as the Black Cats reached the League One play-offs.
The interest in his services seem only natural, given his ability in and around the penalty area.
Wyke is something of a stalwart in the lower leagues of English football. He lists Carlisle, Bradford, Hartlepool and AFC Wimbledon among his former clubs.
Forest’s quest to sign a striker will now continue, with Wyke the latest set to be scrubbed off the list.
Wyke to Celtic: Forest search goes on
At 28, the Sunderland man should be in his prime but perhaps he’d have been too much of a risk for the Reds.
He’s never played a Championship game of football during his pretty long career and that provides a cause for concern.
Forest will still have Lewis Grabban on their books next season and Chris Hughton has been a big fan of his.
If a new striker is going to come in perhaps the Reds would be wise to go after a younger option.
Missing out on another player is a small blow but in the case of Wyke, it might not be such a bad thing after all.