Celtic must target Craig Dawson to replace wantaway Boyata

According to The Scottish Sun, wantaway Celtic star Dedryck Boyata is interesting Sevilla, Lazio and Roma after Fulham, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce all failed to meet the £10m valuation, but Brendan Rodgers should offload him as soon as possible and target West Brom’s Craig Dawson.

What’s the story?

Celtic have offered Boyata a new contract, but The Scottish Sun reports that the Belgian’s agent has rejected the terms outright and slammed the Hoops for failing to sell his client already. Boyata has also refused to play for the club, declaring himself injured just 24 hours before Celtic’s 1-0 defeat at Hearts on the weekend.

The 27-year-old ex-Manchester City centre-back impressed in the World Cup group stage for Belgium, playing 90 minutes in all three games before losing his place for the knockout stages.

Dedryck Boyata in action for Belgium

The Scottish Sun also reported that Boyata had not flown out to Greece with the squad for the crucial second-leg of their Champions League qualifying tie with AEK Athens, possibly signifying that his time at Celtic will be coming to an end.

Cash-in and move on

For Rodgers, the best thing to do may be to accept a bid close to their £10m valuation of Boyata and use the money to push for the signing of Craig Dawson from West Brom, who also wants out of his current club.

After the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League last season, the 28-year-old handed in a transfer request but the end of the English window passed without the centre-back getting his desired move.

Celtic could now take advantage of their extended window by pursuing a deal for Dawson, who is valued at just £7.2m by Transfermarkt, and could be an outstanding signing for Rodgers.