By Wayne Veysey
Celtic have been told they must pay all of Jordon Ibe’s wages if they are to sign him on loan from Bournemouth this month, Football Insider understands.
The Scottish champions are working on a deal to sign the winger, 23, as they look to beef up their attack before the Scottish window cut-off on Monday of next week.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have held preliminary talks with Bournemouth over taking Ibe on a season-long loan.
The Cherries are willing to let Ibe be loaned out but want the Hoops to pay the entirety of the player’s £40,000-a-week salary.
That could prove problematic for Celtic, as it is more than any of their players earn although a solution could be found if the likes of Scott Sinclair leave over the next week.
The loan signing of Harry Wilson from Liverpool has pushed Ibe down the pecking order in Eddie Howe’s side, although neither of the forward pair were in the starting XI for yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Howe selected a defensive side to stem City’s attacking play, with Josh King and Ryan Fraser flanking lone forward Callum Wilson.
Ibe failed to make the starting XI for the third consecutive Premier League game this season, although he did come off the bench for the last 22 minutes in his first outing of the campaign.
Capped four times by England at Under-21 level, Ibe has accumulated 117 appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth and Liverpool, which have yielded four goals and 10 assists.