Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign winger Jordon Ibe despite refusing to meet Bournemouth’s £20 million price tag, according to the Daily Express.
While Celtic’s lack of quality in defence was brutally exposed by the 4-3 Champions League collapse against Cluj last week, concerns were raised about their attacking prowess too after stumbling past second-tier Dunfermline in the League Cup on Saturday.
Ibe, however, would add plenty of pace and thrust on the flanks, even if he hasn’t lived up to expectations following his move from Liverpool to Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old started just nine Premier League games for Eddie Howe’s side last season but that has not stopped The Cherries from trying to make a decent profit on a player who has been largely underwhelming in three years on the south coast.
The Express claims that Bournemouth want £20 million; a fee that would require Celtic to double their transfer record.
Unsurprisingly, the Hoops are therefore only keen to sign Ibe on loan, though they could be in luck. Despite interest from Carlo Ancelotti’s Serie A runners-up Napoli, the Express claims that Celtic are ‘closing in’ on a deal for a player who sparkled under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
Ibe is not just an explosive attacker with the speed to leave full-backs choking on his dust, he can also play at wing-back too. Perhaps he'd give Neil Lennon the chance to introduce a whole-new 3-5-2 system to get the best out of his ailing side.
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