Just in: Arsenal join big clubs in packed race for Wigan youngster Kyle Joseph

Arsenal join big clubs in packed race for Wigan youngster Kyle Joseph

Arsenal are interested in teenage Wigan striker Kyle Joseph, who is available on a free transfer in the summer, but face competition from a string of big clubs.

The 19-year-old only made his debut for the Latics in October last year but has already scored five goals in 14 League One appearances.

Joseph has been at the club since the age of 13 but they only have him under contract until June, meaning he will be free to leave then after his impressive start to his senior career, although there will be a tribunal fee required.

His goals in League One, and his appearances for Scotland at youth level, have attracted the attention of some big clubs, especially as he is available for very little.

The Mirror report that Arsenal are involved in the race for his signature, as are Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic, along with unnamed clubs across Europe. Former Leeds United and Coventry striker Noel Whelan was asked about the prospect by Football Insider in terms of a move to one of the Scottish Premiership powerhouses and questioned whether he was ready for that step, never mind Arsenal.

‘He’s young and has experience in League One. It’s a risk, of course, can he make that leap up to the Scottish Premiership?’ Whelan said. ‘Can he deal with the pressure of being at a big club like Celtic? No disrespect but he’s at Wigan. It’s not a huge club and never has been.

‘There are a lot of things that come with moving to a massive club like Celtic. We’ll have fans back in the stadium next season. The pressure’s gonna be on. You can do it in the third-tier, but can you do it on a bigger stage? These are things that need to be taken into consideration.’

 

 

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