This has not been a particularly busy January transfer window for Celtic but with deadline day right around the corner, anything can happen.
Celtic may not be bringing in too many players but it looks like one could leave before the deadline passes.
That happens to be Olivier Ntcham, someone who’s been out of favour under Neil Lennon this season.
According to Sky Sports, Newcastle want to sign the French midfielder on a loan deal until the end of the campaign.
They have made an enquiry for Ntcham but if Celtic are to allow him to leave, they also want to include an option to buy clause in the terms of the deal. Marseille are also reportedly interested.
This wouldn’t exactly be a big blow to the Hoops, but they will need a replacement from somewhere.
Celtic’s January window has been pretty poor all things considered. The Hoops have won just nine of their last 24 games and things are getting no easier.
Thus, new recruits could do wonders in terms of reviving attitudes at Parkhead. One way of replacing Ntcham would be with Leicester’s Sidnei Tavares.
Earlier this month it was reported that Celtic were monitoring the 19-year-old’s situation in England with the player out of contract in the summer.
Barcelona and Juventus are also in the race to sign him so there is clearly a big lure. This is a player who possesses similar traits to Ntcham too. Despite his age, he is eye-catching, using brute force to score goals and make an impact defensively.
For context, in the EFL Trophy this season, he has been a huge influence for Leicester’s academy. He scored and assisted in a 3-1 win over Grimsby, a performance that demonstrated he has what it takes to thrive against senior opposition.
Furthermore, the teenager has made two tackles and two interceptions per match for the Foxes in that competition. Based on that evidence, Tavares has a glistening array of qualities.
He’s a player endorsed by former Celtic boss Rodgers too. After a pre-season win over Birmingham, the manager commented: “Sidnei Tavares in the first half was outstanding, he’s got real quality and he’s a real talent.”
Celtic supporters won’t need telling how good an eye for talent Rodgers has so if he’s a fan, then it certainly bodes well for the Bhoys.
Considering he’s out of contract this summer, they could make a permanent move on the cheap before the deadline passes. Failing that, they could replace Ntcham in the summer on a free transfer.
This would be cracking business from Nick Hammond.