Report: Liverpool and Manchester United battling Celtic in race for Callum O'Dowda

Liverpool and Manchester United have reportedly joined Celtic in the race for Oxford United youngster Callum O'Dowda.

According to The Scottish Sun, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined Celtic in the race to sign Oxford United star Callum O'Dowda.

O'Dowda, 20, joined Oxford at the age of just nine, and has made his way up through the ranks at the Kassam Stadium, eventually becoming a first-team player.

With seven goals this season, O'Dowda has been a key player for Michael Appleton's side, and came on as a second half substitute in Oxford's stunning 3-2 win over Swansea City in the FA Cup earlier this season.

Now, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international - who was actually born in Oxfordshire but qualifies for Ireland thanks to his grandmother - has caught the eye of many clubs, all of whom are keen to sign him this summer.

The Scottish Sun reported on Tuesday that Celtic are looking to land the left winger as a replacement for James Forrest, who is expected to leave the club this summer when his contract expires.

However, whilst Celtic is often an attractive proposition for Irish players, O'Dowda will allegedly have huge interest from elsewhere too, with Premier League giants also keen on signing him.

The Scottish Sun claim that English giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also battling Celtic in the race to sign O'Dowda this summer, as they all view him as a possible star of the future.

A move to the Premier League may be appealing to O'Dowda, but first-team football would be far more likely with Celtic, and that's a factor he must consider heavily as he weighs up his future this summer.

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