Celtic have joined the hunt to sign in-demand Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, according to a report.
WalesOnline claims that the Scottish champions are targetting Mawson, 23, but are joined by a clutch of Premier League sides in trying to snap up the defensive warrior.
The Welsh news outlet says that Everton and West Ham are also interested in Mawson, while linking back to a story from Sky Sports which reports that Watford are also keen.
Sky Sports reported in their live transfer blog on Friday [01:27pm] that Swansea are looking to pocket £25million in order to sell Mawson, who has been in top form in the Premier League this season despite the South Wales clubs’ struggles at the bottom of the table.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has since given an update on the physical centre-back’s future at the Liberty Stadium, making it clear that talks are underway with his agents over a new deal for him.
“We have had no approach, no offers from West Ham on anything to do with Alfie,” Jenkins said, as quoted by WalesOnline.
“The intentions are to keep every player and we are talking to Alfie and his agents (about a new contract).”
Football Insider verdict
Celtic will surely not be able to afford £25million for Mawson, however Swansea may be inclined to drop their asking price to entice a club from outside the Premier League to stop the centre-back joining one of their rivals. However the Hoops will have a lot of clearing out to do in order to make up that money, and in reality, they don’t really need to. Mawson is a solid centre-back and would only be needed at Parkhead to further their run in Europe. Domestic competitions are a given for the Bhoys and Mawson would only perhaps help them concede less goals in a season. To get him they would probably need to see Moussa Dembele and someone else, and that would make the move less worthwhile.