Report explains reason why Everton target Moussa Dembele may consider Celtic exit

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James Park on December 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Celtic could face a challenge holding onto Moussa Dembele next month with Sam Allardyce's Everton among the Premier League sides said to be interested.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic  celebrates after he scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and  Motherwell at Celtic Park on...

France possess arguably the most fearsome forward line in world football right now – so Celtic striker Moussa Dembele knows he faces a huge challenge forcing his way into Didier Deschamps World Cup squad.

But, according to the Gambling Times, the 21-year-old striker is dreaming of playing a part in Russia next summer, and believes that a January move to the Premier League will give him the best possible chance of booking a seat on the plane.

It is understood that Everton boss Sam Allardyce is a big fan of the one-time PSG youngster. And with The Toffees’ squad still lacking a clinical centre-forward to complement the creativity of Wayne Rooney and co, The Toffees may be ready to test Celtic’s resolve in January.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Per The Sun, Everton were linked with a £30 million move in the summer, and it may require a fee of that magnitude to tempt the Scottish Premiership champions into a sale midway through the season.

Though the Gambling Times add that Everton are far from the only Premier League side interested - with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham and Brighton all thought to be big fans of the player who scored 32 goals in a stunning debut season for Celtic.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and Manchester City FC at Celtic Park on September 28, 2016 in...

Dembele, who moved to Parkhead on a bargain deal from Fulham in 2016, will not attempt to force a move in the New Year, but the Daily Record has reported that he has indicated that things can change.

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