Celtic have agreed personal terms with Sheffield Wednesday rising star Liam Shaw – but a deal is not done yet, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Scottish giants are negotiating a pre-contract deal with Shaw, 19, ahead of his Wednesday deal expiring at the end of the season.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have made a breakthrough in talks with the versatile youngster and the terms of a contract have been agreed.
It would see the teenager, who can play in both midfield and defence, commit to Celtic now and then join in the summer.
Cross-border rules would mean the Glasgow club only having to pay a fee of around £300,000 for the Wednesday academy product.
However, Wednesday have still not given up hope of holding on to Shaw.
The Championship big guns are still trying to persuade the youngster to sign a long-term contract and negotiations have not completely collapsed.
Football Insider revealed on Thursday (28 January) that Celtic were in advanced talks to sign Shaw.
Celtic’s pursuit of the English youngster comes as they battle Bournemouth to sign Preston North End’s Ben Davies, who is also a free agent at the end of the season.
Neil Lennon’s side are discussing various formulas with Davies, including a pre-contract as well as a potential permanent deal this month.
Shaw has been scouted after emerging from the Wednesday youth ranks to make a big impact at first-team level.
Capable of playing in various positions including central midfield and centre-back, he has made seven Championship starts among 12 appearances this season.
They have been almost evenly split between defence and midfield with his versatility making him a big asset to interim manager Neil Thompson.
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