Ikechi Anya reportedly considering Watford exit; should Celtic move for Glasgow-born speedster?

Ikechi Anya's long-term future at Watford remains unclear.

According to The Sun, Watford wide man Ikechi Anya is set to reject a new contract at Vicarage Road - and could leave for free next summer.

Anya, 27, initially joined Watford on loan from sister club Granada in 2012, before completing a permanent move just a year later in what has been a superb spell with the Hornets.

The Scottish international played a key part in Watford's promotion to the Premier League last season, but he allegedly intends to reject a new contract with the club, with the intention of leaving in the near future, possibly on a free transfer next summer when his current deal expires.

Given his ability to play all the way down both flanks, the versatile Anya will no doubt be in demand should he leave Watford - and Celtic have been regularly linked with a move for the pacey wide man.

The Mirror reported in May that Celtic were interested in signing Anya despite a £4m asking price, but no deal materialised as Anya stayed with Watford ahead of the Premier League campaign.

Now though, the suggestions of him leaving in a knockdown exit should attract Celtic's interest once again, with manager Ronny Deila often looking for a way to sign the best Scottish talent during his reign so far.

Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven, Scott Allan and Ryan Christie have all agreed Celtic deals in 2015, and Glasgow-born winger Anya would be another great move for the Bhoys. Mackay-Steven and James Forrest offer pace out wide for Celtic, but having Anya would give Deila another option on the flanks, or even at full back if needed.

Anya may have offers in England if he does choose to leave Watford, but the prospect of joining a club the size of Celtic would be hard to turn down - whilst European football, either in the Champions League or Europa League, would also be a draw for Anya.

If Celtic can land Anya for a cut-price fee in January or on a free transfer next summer, then Deila should push the boat out to bring Anya back to Glasgow, and add another dangerous attacking threat to his side, who were frustrated with a 0-0 draw against Hearts on Saturday.

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