Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is edging closer to a move to Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam.
The Lowdown: Christie’s contract
Christie has been a regular under Ange Postecoglou this season, missing just two games.
It emerged back in April that the attacking midfielder’s Celtic contract actually expires in January and not the summer, leaving the Hoops in a tricky situation.
The 26-year-old could have signed a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of Scotland this summer ahead of a free transfer in the New Year, but it seems as if he could depart permanently on Tuesday.
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The Latest: McAdam’s post
McAdam took to Twitter on the morning of deadline day to share an update regarding Christie.
He claimed the Scotland international has turned down a move to Burnley to join the Cherries, labelling it as a ‘huge’ signing fort Scott Parker’s side, tweeting:
“Start the car… Ryan Christie edging closer to a move to #afcb ! He’s turned down the opportunity to join Burnley. Medical expected this morning at the Scotland camp before flying to Denmark. Race against time this one… Huge signing for the club !!”
Football Insider believe that a deal for Christie could see Celtic pocket up to £3m.
The Verdict: Interesting
Christie’s call to snub a Premier League club for one in the Championship is certainly an interesting one, but the good news for Celtic is that they’ll be receiving a fee for his services should a transfer officially go through.
The Hoops could have been stuck with Christie until January if his situation remained the same, but it appears as if they’ll be getting just under half of his £6.3m Transfermarkt valuation.
It’s not ideal considering that Celtic valued Christie at £10m less than 12 months ago, but it’s better than nothing.
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