Pundit and ex-England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed Charlie Wyke to thrive in the Premiership as a Celtic move edges closer.

It was not lost on Agbonlahor that Scottish football is a step up from the English third division, but the pundit nonetheless issued a glowing endorsement of the 28-year-old.

Football Insider have previously reported that the Bhoys have offered Wyke a generous long-term deal in order to fend off interest from EFL Championship sides.

Local media outlet The Northern Echo reported on Sunday that the club had held ‘fresh talks’ with Wyke’s entourage.

Wyke is believed to be receptive to the move, with the Hoops having offered a concrete proposal to the Black Cats talisman.

Celtic will not owe a transfer fee with Wyke set to be a free agent when his contract expires on July 1.

He mustered a blisteringly formidable tally of 30 goals in 53 games across all competitions, but his contributions were not enough to secure an escape to the Championship for Sunderland.

Despite his age, Agbonlahor backed Wyke to keep on improving as he spoke to Football Insider:

“Celtic are in talks for a brilliant signing, if they get it done.

“Yes, it’s a big step up but he’s a quality player in League One.

“I’m sure he can make that step up fine and continue to improve.”

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Wyke’s scoring record indicates a natural eye for goal and as a free agent, the minimal financial outlay required to bring him to Paradise offsets potential risk.

Will Wyke make the step up in Scotland?

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With Odsonne Edouard expected to be sold and doubts over Leigh Griffiths’ contract situation, Celtic could be in the market for multiple forwards.

As a result, the free agent represents a cost-effective solution that could serve, at the very least, as a rotational option up front for Postecoglou’s side.