Rangers eye two attacking talents while Celtic boss backs Dembele for move to the top: Old Firm transfer rumours
Rangers and Celtic are set to go head to head over a non-league striker, according to the latest transfer rumours.
Dulwich Hamlet's in-form forward REISE ALLASSANI is attracting interest from both of the Old Firm clubs according to Football Insider.
The 22 year-old has netted 17 goals in 15 games since being released by Crystal Palace during the summer. The Plymouth Herald claims that Allassani's current club are already receiving bids and will accept the best offer on the table. Norwich City, Reading, Barnsley and Gillingham are all thought to be interested, according to the Herald report.
Meanwhile, Rangers are also said to be eyeing up a move for former Birmingham City winger DAVID COTTERILL. The 30-year-old is a free agent after leaving City last month and Football Insider report that he is attracting attention from Ibrox as the club prepare for the potential departure of in-form attacker Josh Windass. The report claims that the Gers have turned down bids from Sheffield United, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic for Windass but that the club are expecting further interest.
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Ipswich, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Reading and QPR are all interested in Cotterill according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
At Celtic Park, boss Brendan Rodgers reckons striker MOUSSA DEMBELE has what it takes to earn a move to one of the Premier League's top teams. Virgil Van Dijk had to join Southampton before completing a big-money move to Liverpool but Rodgers says that his club could do business with a top team for the French attacker.
“Absolutely but it’s also about the other team and they have to want him," he said. “Someone looked at Virgil Van Dijk and thought he wasn’t at the level for Liverpool and he had to go elsewhere and then made the step.
“Wanyama went to Southampton and made the jump, Ki went to Swansea. But I don’t agree that always has to be the step. If the player comes out at the right time then he can go to that level.”
Rodgers, however, confirmed that his club are yet to receive any official approach for the 21-year-old who has eight goals to his name this season.
“There’s been nothing,” he said. “My mind is that he’s a Celtic player and we have not had one bid. I don’t want to keep going on about it because I think it can affect players, especially young players.
“There has been a lot of noise around Moussa for 18 months now, but let’s be clear, we’ve not had one bid. He’s been linked with about 16 clubs, but the bottom line is you have to play football. Always be ready to play and then, if a move comes, it comes.
“I don’t want to go into speaking about speculation because it has been non-stop and I think it could hinder development of a player, not just Moussa. Obviously, there have been enquiries around him, but not one bid. Moussa is at a stage in his career where he needs to keep proving himself that he can play for Celtic."
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