By Ryan Darby

21st Dec, 2020 | 4:35pm

Leeds plot swoop for 'sensational' int'l midfielder who wants a 'different challenge' – report

Leeds United are reportedly one of four Premier League teams interested in signing Celtic star Ryan Christie.

According to 90min, the Whites will rival Newcastle, Southampton and Leicester for the Scot’s signature.

Leicester reportedly lead the chase as things stand, with Brendan Rodgers preparing to sign a replacement for Demarai Gray – who is poised to leave the King Power Stadium.

The 16-cap Scottish international is under contract at Celtic until 2022 and has been a key figure in the team that recently secured the quadruple treble.

Speaking about the player’s future earlier this season, Neil Lennon confirmed that he wants ‘a different challenge’.

A big move is in the offing for Christie

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Whether it is Leeds or one of their Premier League rivals that lands Christie, a big move certainly appears to be in the offing for the £5.85million rated Celtic star.

Christie joined Celtic at a young age, but it was not until a loan spell at Aberdeen where supporters got a true glimpse of the talent he is.

During his spell at Pittodrie, he scored 15 times and registered 18 assists over two seasons, doing enough to win a spot in the Celtic first-team squad.

He has now made 120 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 36 goals and recording 37 assists in all competitions.

Christie has more than played his part in Celtic’s recent dominance and has picked up valuable Champions League and Europa League experience along the way.

His versatility could be a huge asset for Leeds, with experience playing out wide on either flank, in attacking and defensive midfield roles or even as a makeshift striker.

Leicester may feel like they have an advantage in the race to sign Christie, with Rodgers’ history working with the player.

Speaking about his qualities before, Rodgers hailed the midfielder as a ‘sensational’ player for Celtic.

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