Why Watford's move for Diego Perotti could affect Celtic's own transfer plans

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The arrival of Genoa winger Diego Perotti could see a renewed bid by the Scottish champions for Ikechi Anya.

Watford are reported by BBC Sport as having agreed a transfer fee for Genoa winger Diego Perotti, something that could have repercussions regarding one of their own players that Celtic are rumoured to be pursuing this summer.

The Londoner's reported interest in Genoa winger Diego Perotti looks like breaking the club's transfer record if it goes through, with a fee of £7 million quoted by the BBC, twice that of their existing maximum outlay.

But the deal won't just be a bonus for the Hornets if the Argentine arrives in North London , it could also end up meaning Celtic receive fresh encouragement regarding a player they've been linked with for some time, according to the Mirror

Scottish international Ikechi Anya has been on the Bhoys' radar for much of the last year, though the Daily Record stated last week that Watford's asking price for the winger, said to be £4 million, was more than they were willing to pay.

Since then, Celtic assistant John Collins has told the BBC he doesn't think the club will be able to afford the 27-year-old's wages.

However, if Perotti does arrive at Vicarage Road, the club may be more open to negotiating with the Bhoys for a player whose position may be taken by their new signing, which could in turn free up more money for Celtic to pay Anya's wages.

Ex-Celtic star Stilian Petrov has already made it clear to the Record that he thinks his old club should be willing to spend a little more than they'd normally be willing to on the former Celta Vigo man, so while high profile figures associated with the club continue to make such statements, don't be surprised if these Anya rumours continue to run and run.

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