Journalist Pete O’Rourke has provided a fresh update on Celtic’s efforts to land Cameron Carter-Vickers permanently.
In quotes published over the weekend, O’Rourke warned that Celtic ‘may have wait to the summer’ to secure Carter-Vickers long-term.
He said they ‘would ideally love to get this deal wrapped up quickly’, but a £10million price tag ‘would be a bit too much for Celtic right now’.
The American centre-back is currently on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, and has shone for the Hoops, starting 15 of 20 Premiership matches.
Now, in an interview released Sunday evening, O’Rourke has offered a more optimistic verdict.
He reiterated that £10million would be an excessive demand, but he thinks Spurs may be willing to ‘compromise’.
“Celtic would love to keep him on a permanent basis,” he told Give Me Sport.
“He is on decent money as well from his time at Tottenham and, again, £10 million would be out of Celtic’s price range right now but I’m sure the two clubs will be seeing if there’s a compromise.”
The statistics back that up too. According to SofaScore metrics, he’s been Celtic’s fourth-highest performer this season, averaging a rating of 7.45/10.
Still, £10million does seem excessive for a player who’s only valued at £2.4million by Transfermarkt. What’s more, his Spurs contract only has 18 months left to run, and he’s made just five appearances for the club, so it’s not as if they’re in an extremely strong negotiating position.
It seems unlikely that any suitor would meet the quoted demand, and so maybe Celtic will bide their time and wait for a ‘compromise’.
In other news, this midfielder could leave for the continent.
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