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Celtic TT roundup: Hoops interested in Mohammed Daramy, Fraser Forster wants permanent deal, Kris Commons offers transfer advice

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Celtic recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Hoops interested in Mohammed Daramy

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic have shown an interest in signing teenage forward Mohammed Daramy from FC Copenhagen, according to 90min.com.

However, the Hoops are far from alone in signalling their admiration for the 17-year-old, with 90min.com reporting that Liverpool are scouting the player, who has also been the subject of interest from Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Daramy is currently contracted to FC Copenhagen until 2021, according to 90min.com.

Verdict

Daramy is capable of playing anywhere across the front line, featuring mainly as a right winger so far this season but also comfortable with lining up on the other flank or at centre-forward. [via TransferMarkt]

He has not been especially prolific this season, with three goals in 15 appearances for FC Copenhagen’s first team, although he did score twice in a Danish Cup win over Nordsjaelland last week. [via TransferMarkt]

While the likes of Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi have been much more prolific at Celtic, Daramy’s ability to play in any forward role could make him worth pursuing if he can be landed for a reasonable transfer fee.

Fraser Forster keen on securing permanent deal

Fraser Forster wants to sign for Celtic permanently next year, with the 31-year-old goalkeeper currently on loan from Southampton.

Football Insider reported that the former England international is “very keen” on turning the loan move into a permanent one, with the player said to be delighted with life in Glasgow after being frozen out at his parent club.

However, according to Football Insider, his weekly wages of £70,000 could be a stumbling block in a permanent transfer being completed by Celtic.

Verdict

Forster has performed commendably since returning to the club in August, with six clean sheets in 13 Celtic appearances this season (46.2% of games) and only nine goals conceded (0.69 per game).

His stupendous stoppage-time save to ensure victory against Lazio two weeks ago showed just how vital he can be to Neil Lennon’s team, with his constant presence in the team in Premiership and Europa League games illustrating how highly the manager values him.

If the 31-year-old is willing to take a hit on his wages in order to seal a permanent switch to Celtic, it would represent fantastic news for the Hoops.

Kris Commons urges Celtic to utilise loan market

Former Celtic player Kris Commons has advised the club to keep looking to the English Premier League for potential loan moves for players on the fringes at their parent clubs.

In his column in the print edition of the Scottish Daily Mail (04/11 print edition, The Verdict supplement page 16) [via 67hailhail.com], the 36-year-old cited the success of Mohamed Elyounoussi, on loan from Southampton, as an example that is worth following.

Commons wrote in the Scottish Daily Mail [via 67hailhail.com]: “You have to wonder — just how many more multi-million pound players are sitting on the shelves gathering dust down south.”

Verdict

Elyounoussi’s excellent form in Glasgow – seven goals in just 10 appearances after failing to score for Southampton last season – shows the value that can be found in loan deals for out-of-favour Premier League players.

Celtic have utilised the loan market very effectively in the past, bringing in Odsonne Edouard on a temporary basis in 2017 before signing him permanently a year later and seeing him score 33 goals for the club since then, so Commons is right to advise the Hoops to keep looking for astute loan purchases.

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Celtic TT roundup: Hoops interested in Mohammed Daramy, Fraser Forster wants permanent deal, Kris Commons offers transfer advice
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