REPORT: Celtic, Arsenal and Chelsea Want Calum Kavanagh

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Dublin , Ireland - 5 April 2018; Calum Kavanagh of Republic of Ireland during the U15 International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Czech Republic at St Kevin's Boys FC, in Whitehall, Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Celtic want to compete for the signing of 16-year-old prospect Calum Kavanagh, according to Irish news outlet The Herald,

The forward is currently contracted to Middlesbrough. But impressive performances for the U18 squad this season led a number of clubs to keep tabs on the highly-rated teenager.

Celtic, Arsenal and Chelsea Chasing Calum Kavanagh

High-Profile interest

Both Arsenal and Chelsea remain interested in securing his signature. The two London clubs sent scouts to monitor Kavanagh’s progress earlier this season.

Premier League rivals Leicester City and Newcastle United seem keen on signing the youngster too. While Scottish champions Celtic are the most recent high-profile club to enter the race for the 16-year-old.

Will Middlesbrough Be Able to Keep the Youngster?

Despite the interest from the Premier League and Scotland, Middlesbrough want to sign Kavanagh on a long-term deal.

He was offered a three-year contract to stay at the club in March. Talks continue between the striker and his representatives

Manager Jonathan Woodgate is willing to provide the talented youngster with more first-team opportunities.

However, it seems the young prospect is eager to sign a shorter-term deal with the Championship club. He is keeping his options open for a high-profile move away from Teesside.

Kavanagh’s excellent form

The Republic of Ireland youth striker scored six goals and provided an assist for Middlesbrough U18s in the Northern Division this season.

The 16-year-old’s ability earned him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland U15s squad in 2018. A year later, he was promoted to the U17s and scored in his first game for the side against Andorra.

He is the son of former Republic of Ireland international Graham Kavanagh who represented the country on 16 occasions.

There will be no shortage of interest in the 16-year-old and his form this season proves he is one of the best prospects available.

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