Leicester City and West Ham United are ready to make bids to sign Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts upon the completion of his loan spell at Celtic, the Daily Express reports.
Roberts, 21, is ready for a new challenge and admitted he wants to leave his ‘comfort zone’ after spending two-and-a-half seasons up north on loan.
After an injury hit season at Celtic, the former Fulham youngster is unlikely to break into Pep Guardiola’s first team plans for next season, and he could be sold, with a £15million valuation mooted for the speedy wide man.
And it is claimed by the Express that both Leicester and West Ham will make moves for Roberts after the Scottish Cup Final, at which point he will return to City.
The Foxes tried to include Roberts in a proposed deal for Riyad Mahrez to join Man City in January, but ultimately that deal collapsed. Should it be revived, with Mahrez still on Guardiola’s radar, a cash-plus-player deal could be an option.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hasn’t given up on keeping Roberts, but with Premier League clubs willing to spend big and the player himself wanting to play in England’s top-flight, that appears unlikely.
Roberts joined City from Fulham in 2015 and has made three first team appearances for the Blues, including a Premier League cameo against Tottenham in his first year at the club.
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