Latest Celtic 'target' Chuba Akpom was first linked with Brendan Rodgers in 2015

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

The Celtic boss reportedly wanted Arsenal's Akpom at Liverpool.

The Daily Mirror reported on Monday that Celtic and Leeds United are locked in a battle to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom.

And though the rumour has since been quashed in some places, it should come as little surprise to see Celtic listed among the interested parties.

Arsenal players Alex Iwobi (L) and Chuba Akpom vie for the ball during a football training session in Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on July 21, 2017.
	Arsenal will...Arsenal players Alex Iwobi (left) and Chuba Akpom 

Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers is, it seems, a long-term admirer of Akpom, having first been linked with a move for the 21-year-old in January 2015, again by The Daily Mirror.

Back then Rodgers was leading Liverpool, while Akpom was in the final six months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

But any hope the Ulsterman had of doing a cut-price deal for the England Under-21 star was dashed the following month, as Arsenal successfully tied him to a new four-year contract.

Having failed to kick on since then, though - Akpom wasn't used as often as he would have liked during spells at Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion - it is claimed the Londoner is ready to quit the Gunners after 15 years, and Rodgers could make it second time lucky at Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers Celtic Manager looks on during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round, First Leg match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium on July 26, 2017 in...Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

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