Revealed: Door opens for Celtic to sign £40K-a-wk forward after big development
Celtic hopes of signing long-term target Jordon Ibe have been given a major boost after he made up his mind to quit Bournemouth this summer, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish treble winners were in contact with the Premier League club about signing the winger last summer and lodged a loan bid for the 24-year-old former Liverpool star.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have continued to keep tabs on Ibe’s situation and are well aware he is set to be available on a summer free.
Ibe’s £40,000-a-week contract at the Vitality Stadium expires in the summer and neither party is looking to extend it.
The winger is at a crossroads in his career after he was hit with a 16-month driving ban and a £7,500 fine yesterday after crashing his £130,000 Bentley into a cafe before fleeing the scene.
Neil Lennon is a big admirer of Ibe, who has been capped by England at Under-21 level and has 119 Premier League appearances under his belt.
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The Celtic manager was keen on the winger late last summer as he looked to recruit a wide forward with the potential to improve.
Talks were held over a deal for Ibe before they collapsed and the Scottish champions instead signed Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan from Southampton.
One major complication was the salary of Ibe, who joined the Cherries in the summer of 2016 from Liverpool for £15million.
Ibe has been given just four appearances by Eddie Howe this season and none at all in any competition since last September.
Capped four times by England at Under-21 level, Ibe has scored four goals and provided 10 assists in 119 appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth and Liverpool.