Rangers face a tough battle to sign Kyle Joseph from Wigan Athletic, with the Mirror reporting that Celtic and Sheffield United have joined what now appears to be a five-club race.

Joseph is a promising Scotland U19 international who broke into the Latics first team earlier this season.

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Joseph celebrates netting his first senior goal for Wigan against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

The young striker scored a hat-trick against Burton Albion in his most recent EFL League One outing, while he also netted against Sunderland earlier in the campaign.

His contract expires in June and multiple sides are said to be lining up swoops.

The Sun on Sunday [via Glasgow Live] recently reported that Rangers were in a three-horse race with Tottenham and Blackpool, while Sun journalist Alan Nixon has since claimed on Twitter that the Seasiders have tabled the best offer.

 

However, while the Mirror reports that an official bid is yet to land, they also credit Rangers and Spurs with interest, as well as Celtic and Sheffield United.

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Celtic and Sheffield United have reportedly joined Rangers in the race for Kyle Joseph. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It’s stated that the 19-year-old has been offered a new deal but even if he doesn’t sign and opts to move elsewhere in the summer, Wigan would be entitled to compensation.

Joseph is very inexperienced at senior level, but he’s impressed in recent weeks and the stature of the clubs said to be chasing him give an indication of his potential.

Rangers have previous in terms of beating off competition to sign highly-rated players from English clubs, having brought Joe Aribo to Ibrox from Charlton Athletic for just £300,000 [Scotsman] in the summer of 2019.

The Wigan starlet isn’t the only promising striker the Gers have been linked with this month, though, and another reported target recently outlined what it would take for him to leave his current club.

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