Transfer Triangles: Could Craig Dawson replace Simunovic at Celtic?

With his former captain Steven Gerrard moving in across town, Brendan Rodgers is currently in the process of ensuring he evolves his Celtic side enough to keep them ahead of Rangers and the rest of the chasing pack.

All the while, he must ensure that the Bhoys make it into the Champions League group stages by navigating a season that has started while many of the world’s elite players were still away at the World Cup.

That is no easy feat and one man who may well not be at Parkhead by the time the transfer window slams shut is Jozo Simunovic – reportedly the subject of interest from Fenerbahce.

That deal could well have a ripple effect that impacts other clubs and Football FanCast have decided to take a closer look…

Simunovic joins Fenerbahce

jozo simunovic wipes his brow after leaving the pitch

It remains to be seen how much the Turkish outfit are willing to bid for the central defender but there is nothing to say that his head won’t have been turned by the move.

Brendan Rodgers has already lamented the fact that an issue with central defenders appears to come up every pre-season, but he may be tempted to sell, especially given that the 23-year-old is suspended for the next Champions League game against Rosenborg.

Simunovic has come in for some criticism from Bhoys fans but Rodgers would obviously want a replacement secured as soon as possible.

Diego Reyes joins West Ham

diego reyes dribbles the ball in mexico training

West Ham are reportedly in competition with Fenerbahce over 53-cap Mexico international Diego Reyes, who is a free agent after his deal with Porto ended earlier this summer.

If Simunovic went to Turkey, that would leave the coast clear for the Hammers to swoop in to make Reyes their third central defensive recruit of the summer, following Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena.

After inheriting a backline that was shaky last season, Manuel Pellegrini would have Diop, Balbuena, Reyes, Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid to choose from to construct what should be a sturdier rearguard, and the 25-year-old would certainly be an upgrade on the injured Reid.

Craig Dawson joins Celtic

Craig Dawson hugs Ben Foster

The Hammers have also been linked with a £20m swoop for West Brom defender Dawson this summer but signing Reyes would surely end their interest.

Celtic have been linked with Dawson in the past and although his valuation looks a little on the high side, if Kieran Tierney fetches £30m, the money would be there to spend on the towering defender.

The Englishman could also be swayed if Rodgers does guide his side into the Champions League, which is much more appealing than a season in the Championship with the Baggies.