Bournemouth's comments on Ibe are not promising for Celtic

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

£15m winger Jordon Ibe has been linked with a move to Scottish champions Celtic after struggling for Premier League starts under Eddie Howe.

Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth during pre-season friendly between AFC Bournemouth and AFC Wimbledon at La Manga Club on July 16, 2019 in Cartagena, Spain.

Celtic’s hopes of signing Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe have just been dealt a considerable blow, with Eddie Howe making it clear that the £15 million man remains an ‘integral’ part of his plans while speaking to the Daily Echo.

With two weeks until the transfer window slams shut, Celtic are running out of time to reinforce a squad that is severely lacking quality in several key positions.

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And a failure to qualify for the Champions League means that their ability to reinvest the £25 million gained from Kieran Tierney’s sale has just become far more complicated.

 

According to the Sun, Celtic were hoping that Bournemouth would allow Ibe to move north of the border on a loan deal as the former Liverpool youngster looks to rebuild his confidence, two years after joining the Cherries for £15 million.

Yet amid concerns over a foot injury suffered by summer signing Arnaut Danjuma, Howe does not want Ibe to go anywhere before the end of the month.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe gives a pep talk to substitute Jordan Ibe during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC at Vitality Stadium on October 20, 2018...

"No, Jordon is an integral part of our squad,” Howe said.

For what it’s worth, the Daily Echo claims that Ibe turned down a move to Newcastle United or Middlesbrough last week as he wanted to stay and fight for his place at the Vitality Stadium.

With one year left on his contract down south, this season feels make or break for a player who, once upon a time, looked like the most exciting young winger in a Liverpool side also containing a certain Raheem Sterling.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jordon Ibe of Liverpool shakes hands with Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup third round match between Liverpool and...

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