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Southampton looking to beat Celtic to the signing of Patrick Roberts

According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Southampton have made moves to secure the services of Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts.

Manchester City splashed around £12million to acquire the services of Patrick Roberts from Fulham during the summer of 2015 and although the winger has made only three competitive appearances for the Citizens over the past two seasons, his stock has risen exponentially.

The 20-year-old spent 18 months out on loan at Scottish side Celtic and he was in sensational form last season in particular, playing a crucial role in helping the Hoops claim the treble without losing a single match in the process.

As a result of his fine performances last term, Celtic are understandably keen on signing Roberts on a permanent basis this summer but City are unwilling to sell the youngster anytime soon and if they send him out on loan, it will be to a Premier League team.

Recently, reports had claimed that Southampton were interested in signing Roberts and now in an update provided by the Daily Mirror, claims have been made that the Saints have ramped up their pursuit to sign the England Under-20 international.

Southampton have been very quiet in the summer transfer window so far but manager Mauricio Pellegrino is expected to bring in a new attacker to the St. Mary’s Stadium as a replacement for the departed Jay Rodriguez and Roberts could be the man for the Argentine boss.

Signing Roberts is not yet a straightforward deal for Southampton though as Champions League playing French side Nice are also keen on the young sensation while even Celtic  have not given up in their hopes of re-signing their former star.

The Bhoys’ assistant manager Chris Davies said about a potential deal for Roberts, “The situation between Pat and Man City will be between him and the club.

“All I know is we value and rate the player and I am sure that if is right for everybody then something will be done, but we can’t really control that at the moment. We just focus on our work here and see how that evolves.”

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