Celtic have now opened talks with Tottenham Hotspur over a permanent transfer for Cameron Carter-Vickers, according to The Daily Record‘s Scott Burns.
Celtic kicked off their January business on Friday with the completion of a J1 League triple swoop for Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.
The Hoops signed Carter-Vickers on a season-long loan in last summer’s transfer window, with the deal including an option to buy the centre-back for £6m. That would make the 24-year-old one of the top 10 biggest signings in Celtic’s history.
Burns wrote in The Daily Record that Ange Postecoglou’s ‘transfer drive’ at Parkhead is continuing at ‘full throttle’.
A Tottenham source has revealed that the Lilywhites are in negotiations with Celtic over the terms of a permanent move regarding Carter-Vickers. Spurs are apparently willing to be flexible on the fee and the payment structure for the American international.
It would feel like a big boost for Celtic if they could secure the long-term signature of Carter-Vickers, especially if they can do so on favourable terms.
Postecoglou has shown a great deal of faith in him, starting him in every Premiership game for which he has been available since he joined. The £22,000-per-week defender also ranks as the club’s fourth-highest performer among those to have played at least five matches in 2021/22 (via WhoScored).
According to The Athletic‘s Kieran Devlin, ‘some quarters may argue’ that Celtic were lacking ‘aerial aggression’ before he arrived. Indeed, one of his former coaches in Tab Ramos said that he ‘felt pain for the ball’ when Carter-Vickers connected with it.
With the 23-year-old conquering 4.4 headed duels per game, by far the best in Postecoglou’s squad, this aspect of the game now seems in safe hands for the Hoops. The American has shown that he would be a tremendous coup if the Glasgow club can strike a permanent deal for him.
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