An update has emerged on Japhet Tanganga which could alter Celtic’s transfer plans…
According to Football London, Tottenham are keen to send the 22-year-old out on loan to a team in the UK amid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. Spurs are willing to sanction a short-term deal as the defender needs regular game-time to aid his development.
Celtic were reportedly keen on a deal for the centre-back in the January transfer window before he ultimately ended up staying with the Premier League club.
Celtic should be looking to reignite their interest in Tanganga this summer following this latest update on Spurs’ plans for him. If Tottenham are willing to sanction a loan to a club within the UK, the Hoops must pounce on this opportunity.
Their eagerness to sign him earlier this year shows that those high up at the club believe that he would improve Celtic’s squad. It seems unlikely that this belief would have changed in the subsequent months as the only changes at the back have been the sale of Kris Ajer and the arrival of Carl Starfelt this summer, which means that there could still be a centre-back slot next to the other first-choice option.
Last year, Darren Bent hailed the Spurs defender as an exciting prospect amid speculation that Tottenham wanted to pin him down to a six-year contract.
The club’s former striker told Football Insider: “When they get young players coming through or they sign a youngster from another club, it’s always the six-year contract, so it’s always the five plus one.
“I think the one might even be in their favour. I’d have signed the same deal when I went there, it was five years plus the one.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Tanganga was to sign that type of deal. For me it’s a great deal if they can tie him down, he’s a very, very exciting prospect and he’s not let them down.”
The £25k-per-week enforcer started six Premier League games for Tottenham last season and averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.70. This shows that he is capable of being relied upon as a defender in the English top flight, which suggests that he could thrive in the Scottish Premiership for Celtic.
This is why Ange Postecoglou must urge the Hoops to reignite their interest in the 22-year-old as he could be an excellent addition to the squad. He could potentially form a partnership with Starfelt and help the club compete with Rangers for the title this season.