PL forward duo most likely to join Celtic in next fortnight - Football Whispers
By Harry Sykes
Wingers Patrick Roberts and Jamie Murphy are most likely to be the next Celtic signing in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Sky Sports’ transfer section regularly plugs its Football Whispers section, which claimed on Friday morning that the Manchester City and Brighton wide forwards are the likeliest arrivals in the final fortnight of the window.
Celtic have made only minor amendments to the squad that secured the domestic treble last season, with Jonny Hayes and Olivier Ntcham the headline signings.
But manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would love to sign Roberts, 20, on a permanent deal after a hugely impressive 18-month loan spell that ended in May.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.6 out of 5 that Roberts will join Celtic, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
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The attacker is ahead in the ratings of Brighton winger Jamie Murphy, who has a rating of 2.0, and West Ham defender James Collins, who is rated at 1.6 to transfer to Parkhead this summer.
It has been widely speculated that Celtic are on the verge of signing Roberts on another loan deal but they are still waiting for the green light from City.
Football Insider verdict:
Mobile, direct, pace and with skills to die for, it is little wonder that Celtic are pushing hard to sign Roberts permanently. They have a glimmer of hope, too. Pep Guardiola has more options than seems fair in the attacking positions and, if Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane can’t get a starting slot, then it is hard to see the younger Roberts being a regular any time soon. There is said to be huge interest in the young winger from across the globe but Celtic can offer a regular starting role, Champions League football (almost certainly), unbelievably passionate support and a manager who has a strong track record of developing top young talent. This deal ticks all the boxes, and Murphy should represent only a back-up option.
In other Celtic transfer news, an offer has been tabled for a striker who ripped up the 2016-17 season.