Huddersfield have agreed to sign Danny Simpson after Celtic talks to sign him on a free transfer collapsed over his wage demands, Football Insider can reveal.
The Scottish champions were close to signing the right-back, 32, this summer and made him an offer to join permanently during discussions at their Lennoxtown headquarters.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that manager Neil Lennon had pushed Simpson as an answer to his club’s problems on the right side of the defence.
The 32-year-old right-back has trained with the Terriers for the past two weeks and has impressed Town’s management duo of Danny and Nicky Cowley.
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He was available as a free agent after his contract at Leicester City expired at the end of June after 133 appearances for the club.
But Celtic chiefs were unwilling to hand Simpson the £30,000-a-week deal he wanted as they felt he would not be able to play often enough in a potentially 60-match campaign to warrant it.
The Hoops subsequently recruited three right-backs, Hatem Abd Elhamed, who signed for £1.5million, Moritz Bauer on loan from Stoke City and 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City.
Simpson has an impressive pedigree, including extensive experience at Newcastle United and Leicester City, where he was a key player in the unforgettable 2015-16 title-winning campaign.
He also had discussions with French club Amiens in the summer as they looked to entice him to Ligue 1.
The experience campaigner, who turns 33 in January, has now signed for Huddersfield until the end of the season.