Celtic fans react to West Ham's reported £15m move for Patrick Roberts

Celtic fans show their support during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Patrick Roberts has thrived on loan at Scottish Premiership giants Celtic from Manchester City but could head back to England with West Ham interested.

Celtic's English midfielder Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the...

The chances of Patrick Roberts being a Celtic player next season look decidedly slim.

Yes, the winger is set to return to Manchester City anyway when his second loan spell at Parkhead comes to an end but Celtic always appeared to be harbouring hope that they could eventually tie him down to a permanent deal.

Brendan Rodgers told the Daily Record back in September, after all, that Celtic would have been willing to smash their £6 million transfer record to sign Roberts last summer rather than just loan him for another 12 months.

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers shakes the hand of Patrick Roberts at the end of the match  during the UEFA ChampioRs League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football...

But, after a year-and-a-half honing his trade in green and white, it appears that Roberts will be wearing a different copier next season, and not necessarily the sky blue of Manchester City.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, West Ham United are keen to sign the former Fulham prospect at the end of this campaign. It is understood that the Hammers were keen before he joined City in 2015 and they wanted to sign Roberts last summer, too.

And if City are willing to let him go, reportedly to the tune of £15 million, West Ham will be at the front of the queue with Premier League rivals Leicester City also interested.

With an opportunity in England’s top flight beckoning at last, and a fee of £15 million mooted, it seems Celtic fans have given up hope of seeing Roberts at Parkhead next season.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic is dejected during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

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