Celtic tipped to accept £3m Welsh bid after new offer tabled - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic could accept a £3million bid for Stephen Welsh this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender suggested the Hoops would want to include several performance-related add-ons to maximise the 21-year-old’s value.
As reported by the Daily Record on Monday (10 January), Celtic have rejected both a loan-to-buy offer and a £1.6million bid from Udinese this month.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times on Thursday (13 January), Ange Postecoglou insisted Welsh is “not going anywhere at the moment”.
Hutton pointed to Aaron Hickey’s reported £15m price tag to demonstrate the potential value of players leaving Scotland.
He suggested £3million, with the inclusion of sell-on clauses, could tempt Celtic into selling Welsh.
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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I understand they don’t want to loan him with an option to buy. I think they’d probably much rather an upfront payment.
“It doesn’t surprise me that other teams are looking at him.
“It’s difficult to tell what he’s worth, isn’t it? It’s not like he’s been playing there for years.
“I think if they could probably get £2-3million, with a chance of a sell-on fee, that would be the route they would go down. There’s obviously potential there.
“Going back to the likes of Hickey, we were talking £15million, in the region of that, for someone that they bought a couple of million.
“If they can get £2-3million through the door with a sell-on fee in case he does go and fulfil that potential and go to a higher level, I think that would be ideal for Celtic.”
A graduate of the Hoops’ academy, Welsh has played 41 times for Celtic to date.
He has been named in all but one matchday squad since Postecoglou took charge.
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