Celtic transfer update: Four potential arrivals, three possible exits

Pete Lynch January 13, 2021
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Here’s a round-up of the latest transfer news surrounding Celtic.

Last week we reported on Celtic’s links to Nathanael Mbuku among others plus a potential departure from Neil Lennon’s squad.

Our Celtic transfer update reveals the latest news and gossip from the Hoops’ camp.

Celtic transfer update – possible signings

Kyle Joseph

The Mirror claims Celtic are involved in a battle with Sheffield United to sign Wigan Athletic youngster Kyle Joseph.

The Scotland U19 international’s contract expires this summer.

Lennon and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder are keeping tabs on him as the season progresses and may look to tempt Joseph with a pre-contract agreement as crisis-club Wigan fight relegation into League 2.

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James McCarthy

Celtic are in another battle with a Premier League club, this time to sign Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy.

McCarthy – a boyhood Celtic fan – is also wanted by West Brom. But 90min claims the Glasgow side are struggling in their attempts to persuade the midfielder to move to Celtic Park.

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Filip Benkovic

Despite strong interest from Celtic for their former defender, Benkovic won’t be moving to Glasgow this month.

The Croatian has joined Leicester City’s sister club Oud-Heverlee Leuven on loan.

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Declan Gallagher

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic ran the rule over Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher on Saturday.

The defender was reportedly watched by Celtic recruitment chief Nick Hammond during Motherwell’s draw with St Mirren.

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Ben Pearson

West Brom are favourites to land Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury, according to the Telegraph.

And that move could be good news for Celtic, who were reportedly in a battle with the Baggies to sign Preston midfielder Ben Pearson.

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With West Brom focusing their attention on Choudhury, it could free Celtic to make a move for the Championship man.

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Celtic transfer update – possible departures

Jack Hendry

The covid crisis at Celtic has forced Lennon into recalling loanees. Ross Doohan and Scott Robertson have already been recalled from Ross County and Gillingham respectively.

But a similar move for centre-back Jack Hendry isn’t on the cards as there’s no January recall option in his deal.

Hendry is on loan at Belgian side KV Oostende but, according to 90min, is wanted by Premier League pair Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Odsonne Edouard

Leicester have become the latest English club to consider a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old. The striker has seven goals and four assists in 15 league appearances for the Bhoys this season.

Cameron Harper

Cameron Harper is wanted by several clubs in his native US, according to the Daily Record.

The 19-year-old only made his debut for the first team in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Hibs.

However, his current deal ends this summer and a handful of sides in the MLS are said to be keen on his signature.

Moussa Dembele

Spanish outlet Todofichajes claims former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has agreed a switch to Atletico Madrid.

The move could be good news for Celtic as the club could receive a substantial windfall if the deal goes through.

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One that got away

Romain Perraud

Defensa Central reports Real Madrid are watching Brest left-back Romain Perraud.

The defender was a target for Celtic two years ago but the Hoops decided not to sign him for a reported £2.5m.

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