Celtic are interested in signing young Irish striker Aaron Connolly from Brighton
He's very highly rated.
Celtic are interested in young Irish striker Aaron Connolly.
The 18-year-old has excelled for Brighton and Hove Albion's Under-23 team, scoring 17 goals already this season and winning the Premier League 2 player of the month award in November.
According to The Scottish Sun, Connolly is in talks with Brighton over a new contract but could leave the club on loan next month. Brendan Rodgers is interested in taking him to Celtic Park.
Sky Sports reported last month that Hoffenheim are tracking Connolly. The German side have scouting young players on the fringes of Premier League sides, and the Irish striker has caught their eye.
The Scottish Sun claims that Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested in the teenage striker.
However, despite his goalscoring feats, the interest of big clubs throughout Europe and his undoubted potential, Chris Hughton appears unlikely to blood him in the first-team this season.
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The Brighton manager can choose from Glenn Murray, Jurgen Locadia or Florin Andone to start up front, so Connolly's chances of starting for the Premier League side this season seem limited.
A loan move and senior football until the end of the season may suit all parties.
Connolly joined the Seagulls from Mervue United in 2016. He has played for Ireland at under-17 and under-19 level.