Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Rangers and Celtic linked striker Kyle Joseph from Wigan Athletic [Swanseacity.com].
While links to Rangers continued over the following months, multiple other clubs, including Celtic, were also credited with interest, and in April, the Daily Mail reported that the Hoops had come close to agreeing a deal.
Ultimately, though, Swansea won the race, announcing the signing of Joseph on Friday afternoon for an undisclosed fee.
The Scotland youth international is their first recruit of the summer window and he’s signed a four-year deal with the Championship side, who missed out on promotion to the Premier League last month with a playoff final defeat to Brentford.
🤝 Swansea City has agreed the transfer of @Kyle9Joseph from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, subject to EFL, FAW and FA clearance.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) June 11, 2021
Reacting to his transfer on Twitter, Joseph said: “Delighted to be joining Swansea, can’t wait to get started and give it everything.”
The 19-year-old scored five goals in EFL League One last season for the Latics after breaking into the first team from their Academy.
The number of clubs credited with interest tells a story in terms of his ability and potential, but although Rangers were linked to him on several occasions, Bears won’t be too upset he hasn’t ended up at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard already has plenty of options at the top end of the pitch in Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten, Jermain Defoe and new recruit Fashion Sakala, while youngsters Tony Weston and James Graham have shown promise in the Academy.