A key development has emerged in Celtic’s pursuit of Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers…
According to the Daily Record, Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is interested in signing for Celtic this summer as the Hoops line up a swoop for the American.
The report claims he wants to leave Spurs in search of a new challenge, with Newcastle and Bournemouth also said to be keen on him. Tottenham are said to value Carter-Vickers at £5m, with the centre-back having one year left to run on his deal with the Premier League side.
The Hoops won’t want to waste their time on agreeing a deal with Spurs only for the player to reject them, but as this update seems to suggest, the defender would be happy to pen terms with the Scottish giants should they stump up the £5m his current club wants for his services.
Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Julien are the only senior centre-backs at the club as it stands and the former is still hoping to seal a move away before the end of the window. The Athletic have reported this summer that Ajer wants to depart and is unhappy with Celtic for rejecting a bid from Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen, with 12 months left to run on his contract.
Therefore, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is in desperate need of centre-back additions. Even if Ajer stays, they are light in that department and could need a couple of signings to bolster the squad, starting with Carter-Vickers. The American international could be a quality player for Ange to call upon, suggesting this news is a boost for the Bhoys.
Former Luton boss Graeme Jones once hailed the “incredible” Carter-Vickers following his arrival at the Championship club on loan, admitting that he spoke to Graham Potter – who managed him at Swansea – about the defender.
“Graham Potter is one of my best friends and I spoke to him about Cameron, having had him on loan at Swansea last season. He said the character he’s got is incredible, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”
The £20k-per-week powerhouse started 23 games in the Championship on loan at Bournemouth last season and averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.79. This shows that he has the ability to be a solid performer at centre-back and he has the potential to improve at the age of 23.
He could be a player Ange develops over a number of seasons, given that he is still in the early stages of his career, which is another reason he could be a shrewd signing by the Hoops.