Celtic in pole position for Veron Parkes

Neil Lennon

Celtic are leading the race to sign Veron Parkes for a bargain price this summer.

The West Ham youngster is out of contract at the end of the season and the Hoops believe they can lure him to Parkhead for a minimal compensation fee - that's according to Football Insider.

It was first revealed last month that the 18-year-old would leave but now it's suggested the Glaswegian side are in pole position to land the forward. 

Neil Lennon's side are at the front of a lengthy queue with Monaco, New York Red Bulls, Fortuna Sittard and Heerenveen all interested. Parkes has also caught the eye of clubs in England too.

So far this season, the teenager has scored 13 goals at youth level, earning the chance to train among the first-team too.

The attacker is capable of not only playing as a centre-forward but also out wide.

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It's reported that Parkes' camp have been inspired by the rise of Jeremie Frimpong this season, and clearly, there is no better player to take inspiration from.

The youngster wasn't known to many this time last year but after arriving from England and Manchester City, he's come on leaps and bounds.

An injury-hit spell in 2020 has delayed his progression but throughout the first half of the season he earned considerable praise.

Lennon once described him as one the best young talents he's ever coached - high accolades indeed.

To sum up his rise, when Frimpong arrived last summer, he hadn't played a single minute of senior football. The same can be said for Parkes who despite doing well at U18 and U23 level, has never made the step up.

Frimpong has played 22 times this term and contributed to six goals so perhaps someone like Lennon can help Parkes finally make the jump required to thrive in a first-team environment.

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