Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he wanted to sign Moussa Dembele when he was in charge of Crystal Palace.
Pardew was the manager of Premier League club Palace from January 2015 until December 2016 when he was dismissed following a run of poor results.
The Englishman has revealed that he wanted to sign Dembele when the striker was at Fulham in the Championship in England.
The 20-year-old French youngster joined Celtic in the summer of 2016 after leaving Fulham at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The France Under-21 international has been in stunning form for the Bhoys this season, scoring 32 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions.
Pardew has also suggested that Celtic will struggle to hold onto Dembele.
“Brendan has lots of experience and a confidence about him now and that rubs off on the players like Dembele,” Pardew told The Scottish Sun.
“I saw him many times at Fulham. We talked about him when I was at Palace, but financially we didn’t think we would be able to do it at that time.
“He had great potential, and has fulfilled that to some degree at Celtic. He’s clearly got a very bright future. It will be difficult for Celtic to keep hold of him, probably more so than Brendan actually.
“I see Brendan staying for at least another year and if he has similar success then the powers-that-be at Celtic will have to work ever so hard to retain his services.”
Dembele has taken his game to a whole new level at Celtic and has established himself as one of the best young strikers in Europe.
The Frenchman seems to be enjoying his football at Celtic Park, and the fans will hope that he remains at the club next season.
Celtic have the chance to win the domestic treble this season, having already clinched the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.