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.
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.
One team destined for nothing but mediocrity and the other fighting off relegation. The English Premier League its all about the money not necessarily the quality— Andy (@andycairney77) February 8, 2018
That’s not really an issue . If he’s offered epl he’ll take it . They all will .— Mick McMichaels (@beeeley) February 8, 2018
If Leicester City want him they’ll get him. Sad but true.— stew fin (@sfceltic86) February 7, 2018
Are you kidding - we don’t spend that type of money— Adrian Clarke (@AdrianClarke74) February 9, 2018
I think Musonda loan for 18 months suggests paddy going in summer— celticbhoy73⚒ (@celticbhoy73) February 8, 2018
Don’t think Paddy wants to sign anyway— Rab Marley (@Marleysghost81) February 8, 2018