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Celtic TT Roundup: Possible permanent deal for Fraser Forster could be tricky, Karamoko Dembele wanted by Chelsea, John McGinn had heart set on Hoops move

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.

Wages could scupper hopes of signing Fraser Forster permanently

If Celtic have been hoping to sign on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster permanently, their attempts to do so have likely been complicated due to action by his parent club Southampton three years ago.

The Athletic reported [via Daily Record] that, in 2016, the Saints offered him a six-year, £70,000-a-week deal to fend off interest from Manchester United, who had targeted him as a possible replacement for David de Gea at a time when the Spaniard looked set to join Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Record, Celtic are likely to find it difficult to secure Forster permanently unless they can persuade him to take a significant wage cut.

Verdict

BBC reported that, last season, the average Celtic player earns £865,614 per year, which works out at £16,646 weekly – just over 20% of Forster’s wage at Southampton.

That would likely mean the 31-year-old would have to take a mammoth drop in wages to make his loan move permanent, although The Sun claimed recently that he had said he would “never say no” to Celtic.

Having kept his seventh clean sheet in 15 games at the weekend, and been Neil Lennon’s first choice for most of the season, he has become an integral first-team presence and the Hoops should use all their powers of persuasion to try and get him to stay beyond the end of his loan spell.

Chelsea line up bid for Karamoko Dembele

According to 90min.com, Chelsea are preparing a transfer offer for 16-year-old Celtic attacking midfielder Karamoko Dembele.

The Blues are currently operating under a transfer ban to summer 2020 but, if a forthcoming appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is successful, that could be amended to end in January, which may bring forward the timing of their bid for the teenager. [via 90min.com]

However, 90min.com claimed that the Premier League club would be willing to wait until next summer to move for the youngster if their appeal to shorten the transfer ban is unsuccessful.

Verdict

Dembele broke into Celtic’s under-20 team at the age of just 13 three years ago and made his first-team debut against Hearts at the end of last season.

He hasn’t been part of the first-team setup this term, instead remaining with the reserve squad, and Chelsea would be taking quite a punt on a player with just 44 minutes of senior football played. [via TransferMarkt]

Celtic could be tempted to cash in on him if an attractive offer is made, seeing as he still appears some way off getting into the first team consistently.

John McGinn had his heart set on Celtic before joining Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, who signed from Hibernian in 2018, admitted that he had his heart set on a move to Celtic that summer.

Speaking to BT Sport‘s Scottish Football Extra [via Birmingham Live], the 25-year-old said that he had offers from the Hoops that year, adding that he would not rule out a subsequent move to Glasgow if the opportunity was to arise again.

Birmingham Live noted that Celtic had multiple bids for the Scotland international rejected by Hibernian before he eventually secured a move to Aston Villa.

Verdict

McGinn has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League following Aston Villa’s promotion, scoring three times and providing two assists in 12 league matches for Dean Smith’s side. [via TransferMarkt]

Celtic have not exactly been stuck for goals from midfield this season – Ryan Christie has 12 and Callum McGregor five, although they typically play in more advanced roles than the Aston Villa man.

With McGinn ever-present for his club in the league this term and contributing to plenty of goals, this has a feeling of one that got away for the Hoops.

Celtic fans, what are your thoughts on these stories involving your club? Let us know in the comments section below!


Celtic TT Roundup: Possible permanent deal for Fraser Forster could be tricky, Karamoko Dembele wanted by Chelsea, John McGinn had heart set on Hoops move
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