Celtic have been given a boost in their attempts to sign Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe after the player reportedly expressed his desire for the move.
Football Insider reported that the 23-year-old has told his current club that he wants to join the Hoops after falling down the wide attacking pecking order at the Vitality Stadium.
According to Football Insider, the two clubs have held preliminary talks over a possible move for the player, with Celtic offering to take him on a season-long loan as they don’t have the cash to buy him outright.
Football Insider added that the Scottish champions are willing to pay a significant portion of his £40,000 weekly wages if it means getting the deal done.
Ibe has struggled for gametime at Bournemouth so far this season, failing to make it off the bench in their first two Premier League games and being given just 21 minutes against Manchester City on Sunday. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Thrust into the action with the Cherries 1-3 down, his contribution was an ineffective one. He managed a meagre tally of two passes, one of which was misplaced, had only eight touches of the ball and just one of his two dribbles was successful. [via WhoScored.com]
Last season, Ibe had a passing success rate of 78% and only 0.5 shots and 0.5 key passes per game, although he did average 1.4 successful dribbles per match. [via WhoScored.com]
The winger started only nine Premier League games and made 19 league appearances in 2018/19, scoring just once [via WhoScored.com].
Ibe might seek to emulate Scott Sinclair, another English winger who came to Celtic from the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa man has scored 61 goals and provided 34 assists in 164 Celtic appearances, an average of one goal per 2.69 games and an assist every 5.29 games.
Sinclair got off to a fantastic start at Celtic, becoming the first player in 84 years to score in his first five league games for the club.
If Ibe is hoping for an equally fast start with the Hoops if he makes the move north, he will need to improve immensely from the player who has managed only five goals in 89 games at Bournemouth.
With the 23-year-old’s scoring form almost non-existent in recent months, and after his ineffective showing at the weekend, it seems puzzling that Celtic would be eager to take him on loan and pay the bulk of his £40,000-a-week wages when The Scottish Sun revealed that the average weekly wage at Celtic Park last season was £16,646.
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