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Not a serious transfer target- report plays down Celtic interest

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Wilfred Ndidi isn’t a serious transfer target for Celtic according to Football Scotland.

It did seem a far fetched notion that Brendan Rodgers would be able to offer EPL wages on top of a substantial transfer fee to Leicester when Celtic’s recent business has recruited emerging talent like Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley and Alastair Johnston at a fraction of the cost.

Last week Odin Thiago Holm was added to Celtic’s midfield options on top of Callum McGregor, Hatate, Aaron Mooy, O’Riley, Tomoki Iwata and David Turnbull who competed for places last season.

Other than Cameron Carter-Vickers and Joe Hart from Spurs none of Ange Postecoglou’s signings came from the EPL with Carter-Vickers constantly sent out on loan while Hart had been demoted to third choice goalkeeper.

Football Scotland reports:

Wilfred Ndidi is not a serious transfer target for Celtic this summer, Football Scotland understands.

The Leicester City midfielder, 26, was linked with a potential move to Parkhead after Brendan Rodgers was confirmed as the new manager in Glasgow. Ndidi joined the Foxes back in 2017 before Rodgers arrived with Claudio Ranieri a big fan of the then-Genk defensive player.

But the Nigerian went on to become one of Rodgers’ most trusted players and has made more than 230 Premier League appearances in his six years at the King Power.

Following Leicester’s relegation to the Championship after a dismal season and the subsequent arrival of his former gaffer at the Hoops, the natural link was made with reports suggesting £9million might be enough to coax City into selling the player.

But sources have told Football Scotland that it is not currently a deal Celtic are pursuing at this time as Rodgers continues to weigh up his options in the squad ahead of his first day with the players.

At the age of 26 there is likely to be a couple of EPL clubs competing to sign Ndidi, with his contract running until June 2024 selling him this summer will be a priority as Leicester look to rebuild in The Championship.

CLICK HERE for Ndidi’s Transfermarkt profile.

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  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    The usual Celtic can’t quite stretch to buy him mantra… And I’ve no problem with not meeting unrealistically unaffordable football players…

    But if it was Sevco allegedly interested – wow he’d be ‘jetting in’ to ‘rock’ Scottish Football…. Yawn….

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