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Leicester line up £50m Celtic star following Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s transfer to Chelsea

LEICESTER CITY plan to join the race for Celtic midfield star Matt O’Riley.

Boss Steve Cooper is looking to add the classy star as a replacement for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

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Leicester City are interested in signing Matt O’Riley[/caption]

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He could be the replacement for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall[/caption]

The Foxes think O’Riley, 23, would replace the goals and assists they will miss with Dewsbury-Hall’s departure to Chelsea.

However, Celtic want £50million, a fee that has already put off Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls were interested in a move for the midfielder but have instead opted to sign Feyenoord ace Mats Wieffer instead for £30m.

Southampton have also been linked with a swoop for the midfielder ahead of their Premier League return.

O’Riley enjoyed a superb season in Scotland in the last campaign as he helped Celtic win the SPL.

He scored 18 goals and assisted 13 in his 37 league appearances.

He signed a long-term contract at Celtic last summer which runs until 2027.

Celtic gave the midfielder extra time off after the season as he returned to training this week.

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He did not feature at Euro 2024 for Denmark despite his impressive season.

O’Riley has two caps for the national side but was snubbed from the final squad for the tournament by coach Kasper Hjulmand.


Interest in O’Riley does tend outside of the United Kingdom as Atletico Madrid are also keen.

The LaLiga giants made an offer back in the January transfer window but it was rejected by Celtic.

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