Celtic manager Neil Lennon was stunned by Liverpool’s late approach to sign Bhoys target Ben Davies, admitting the Hoops were “very close” to signing the defender.
The Parkhead club had reportedly agreed personal terms in line for a January move, but the Premier League champions have since hijacked the move, with Davies expected to sign for the Reds, via Fabrizio Romano.
Due to the injury to Christopher Jullien earlier in the month, Lennon had planned on bringing Davies in to subsidise in the Frenchman’s absence, but their efforts to sign Davies appear to have been thwarted.
Quoted by Press Association journalist Ronnie Esplin, Lennon said that it was a setback for them as they continue to search for a Jullien stand-in.
He said: “It’s a blow because we were very close to doing that and obviously we got gazumped at the last minute by Liverpool.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
It’s certainly a move that Celtic will feel like they have been hard done by, considering the woeful season that they have had.
But on the other hand, supporters would probably accept that they are no match for Liverpool in terms of attracting players, considering the recent success they have had under Jurgen Klopp.
The clock is ticking for the Bhoys with their ten-in-a-row dream effectively over – and time will tell whether they sign a centre-back before Monday’s 11 pm deadline.
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