Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to bolster his squad before tonight’s transfer deadline as the Hoops look for a tenth title in a row and one name could hit the money with the Parkhead faithful…
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, the defending Scottish champions have enquired to Liverpool over a potential move for their winger Harry Wilson, who saw a move to Burnley collapse this week.
It’s claimed that the Reds want to sell the 23-year-old permanently but a “showcase loan” to Celtic could suit all parties, particularly with a lack of transfer offers for the outcast.
Liverpool want around £20m for his signature, which clearly is putting off some interested teams.
If Peter Lawwell and Nick Hammond can pull off this temporary switch, then it would be an outstanding coup – the best since Patrick Roberts, perhaps?
There would be many similarities between the two deals.
The 23-year-old is out-of-favour under Jurgen Klopp and has already endured four loan spells throughout his Anfield career, very much similar to the Man City winger, who has also gone out the same number of times, including to teams in the Championship.
Wilson broke through with an incredible stint under Frank Lampard at Derby County where he scored 16 goals and provided four assists, averaging 2.6 shots, 1.3 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
He even bagged seven times for a relegated Bournemouth side in the top-flight last season yet he still can’t contend with Mo Salah or Sadio Mane, which is understandable – and is a reason why another loan move could suit all involved.
Klopp has previously lauded his set-piece abilities, claiming: “Each free-kick is a proper threat. We were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible – world-class, for sure.”
Whilst former Hull City teammate Jackson Irvine, who was once on the books at Celtic Park, labelled Wilson as “incredibly talented”.
Roberts was a fan-favourite over his two-season spell at Parkhead and the same could happen for the £60k-per-week Liverpool misfit given he has the perfect eye for goal.