Celtic are leading the battle to sign Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke on a free transfer, according to the Northern Echo.
The local newspaper reports that the Hoops are confident that they can see off competition from the likes of Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Cardiff to secure the 28-year-old’s signature.
Sunderland are also thought to be keen on keeping Wyke, who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season for the English League One club, but it is believed the forward is very tempted by the prospect of playing in Scotland.
Celtic are said to see the former Bradford City player as a “cut-price option” to strengthen their forward options, with Odsonne Edouard expected to leave Parkhead in the coming weeks.
Wyke’s goalscoring record is, though, rather patchy. He moved to the Stadium of Light in 2018, but only managed to score 11 times during his first two seasons with the Black Cats. He was, however, in red-hot form last campaign, leading to him being named in League One’s team of the year.