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Matt O’Riley Celtic transfer exit latest as new Premier League side enters race

Leicester City are the latest Premier League side taking a look at Matt O'Riley, according to a report.

The Celtic midfielder is hot property this summer after a scintillating season in green and white which seen him score 19 goals and add 15 assists, his most productive yet. Naturally, that brings admirers and a host of English sides are interested along with Atletico Madrid, who had an offer turned down in January.

Southampton, managed by the 23-year-old's former MK Dons manager Russell Martin, have been the ones showing most interest recently. It was said the newly-promoted side were preparing an offer of an initial £20million plus add-ons but the Hoops were holding out for what would a Scottish record of over £25m.

The Foxes need a replacement for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who has just left for Chelsea in a £30m transfer, and want O'Riley, reports The Sun. They see the Denmark international as the perfect replacement as a midfielder who gets goals and assists. It's said they will be at "full stretch" to get a deal done with Celtic.

Meanwhile, the Hoops may already have their own alternative in the shape of Paulo Bernardo. The Portuguese midfielder was on loan last season and talks are ongoing with Benfica over a permanent deal.