More details have emerged about Celtic’s move for Sheffield Wednesday youngster Liam Shaw.
The Lowdown: Deal for Shaw tied up
Celtic have already secured the 20-year-old’s services on a pre-contract agreement.
Things could have been very different, though, if Wednesday had just put their hand in their pocket.
The Latest: Shaw wanted £3,000-a-week
According to reliable reporter Alan Briggs, Shaw wanted just £3,000 per week to remain at Hillsborough. The journalist added that midfielder Barry Bannan was signing a new contract with the Owls worth £27,000 per week, and as we all now know, Shaw didn’t get the £3,000-a-week deal he was seeking.
“The likelihood of Osaze Urhoghide leaving #SWFC is just another example of skewed priorities. When Liam Shaw left, a source told me he wanted only about £3k to stay. At the same time, Barry Bannan was signing a new deal (said the source) for at least £27k.”
The 20-year-old was on just £440 per week after bursting onto the first team scene in Yorkshire prior to penning terms with the Hoops.
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The Verdict: Lawwell’s final bargain?
The move was first reported just days before Lennon left Parkhead, so you’d expect that the former manager and Peter Lawwell would have been at the heart of the transfer and offered him terms greater than his current deal.
Lawwell will be retiring from his position as chief executive at the end of the month, so Shaw could well be a parting gift from the 62-year-old.
The youngster made 22 appearances last season in three different positions, so his versatility may come in handy as he continues to develop in Glasgow. It could turn out to be an excellent piece of business by Lawwell and co as they acted quickly enough to get a pre-contract deal over the line earlier this year.
In other news: Celtic star confirms he wants to leave this summer, find out more here.
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