By Wayne Veysey
Celtic’s bid to sign winger Jordon Ibe has hit the buffers after they failed to reach an agreement with Bournemouth, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish treble winners have been in contact with the Premier League club late in the window and lodged a loan bid for the 23-year-old former Liverpool star.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the deal is off the table even though Ibe was keen to reignite his career with a move north of the border.
One major complication was the £40,000-a-week salary of the attacker, who joined the Cherries in the summer of 2016 from Liverpool for £15million.
Neil Lennon was keen on strengthening his attack with a player proven in the Premier League and with the potential to still improve, but instead signed Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan from Southampton.
Celtic targeted attacking players who were not getting regular game time in the English top flight.
Ibe has been given just two substitute appearances by Eddie Howe in Bournemouth’s four Premier League matches this season and is behind Ryan Fraser, on-loan Harry Wilson and the injured David Brooks in the race for the wide attacking positions.
Capped four times by England at Under-21 level, Ibe has scored four goals and provided 10 assists in 117 appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth and Liverpool.