West Ham jet out on transfer mission to cast rule over CL defender - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham have emerged in the hunt for Celtic teenager Anthony Ralston, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Hammers scouts have jet out on a transfer mission to cast their rule over Ralston, 18, after he began to make headlines north of the border in the early fixtures of the season.
Ralston’s displays at right-back have seen him oust first-team mainstay Mikael Lustig from Brendan Rodgers’ plans despite the experienced Swede playing a huge role in helping Celtic win the Scottish Premiership title without a single defeat last season.
It is understood that a number of clubs are keeping tabs on the teenage sensation, who was only handed his senior debut by Rodgers in May.
He has played four times across all competitions this season, even featuring in the Champions League when the Hoops reached the group stages by winning 8-4 on aggregate against Astana.
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The Scottish Sun adds that Ralston is now training with the Scotland senior squad and has just under two years left to run on his contract at Celtic Park.
Football Insider Verdict
Ralston looks like he could be a really good talent in the future but at the moment, he isn’t what West Ham need. They need players that can come into the first-team straight away and there is limited time to do that with the transfer deadline just around the corner. There is also perhaps little chance that Ralston would want to quit Celtic at the minute. The right-back is getting first-team football, which he would probably not get at West Ham, and is making serious improvements to his game with every match he plays. He is also readying to play in the Champions League, and that is also a massive reason why he may decide to stay put.