Celtic line-up bid for Premier League right-back, 2014 World Cup ace – report
By Will Butcher
Celtic are lining up a £1million bid for West Brom’s Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa, according to a report.
The 26-year-old has been touted as the man to solve Celtic’s problem area at right-back, as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to tie up a deal before the transfer deadline on Wednesday.
The Daily Record claim that Parkhead chiefs have already scouted the 2014 World Cup ace, and believe he is the perfect fit for Celtic’s wing-back system.
Celtic are looking for a right-sided defender, after doubts were raised over the capability of Switzerland Under-21 international Saidy Janko, following his error in the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Gamboa, a former Rosenborg defender, has had a difficult time at the Hawthorns, making just three appearances last season across all competitions.
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He has 50 national caps to his name and enjoyed a run to the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup, but is set to leave the Midlands club this summer with less than 12 months left on his three-year deal.
West Brom manager Pulis is expected to make moves in the transfer market before 11pm on Wednesday, and Gamboa could be pushed further down the pecking order behind Craig Dawson.
Celtic have been busy during the transfer market, bringing in five new players. Teenagers Moussa Dembele and Kristoffer Ajer joined, along with experienced duo Kolo Toure and Dorus de Vries. Scott Sinclair has already made himself a fan favourite, after finding the net four times in six games.
In other Celtic transfer news, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made a decision on this international.