Sport Celtic transfer latest as Gyrano Kerk urged to take 'next step' by impressed Ajax boss
Celtic open talks with former Charlton striker Lyle Taylor
Celtic have opened talks with former Charlton striker Lyle Taylor, according to Sky Sports Transfer Centre. The 30-year-old striker is available as a free agent having left Charlton at the end of last season after he refused to take part in post-lockdown football as he sought a move away from the Addicks. He netted 11 goals prior to football’s suspension and was the club’s top scorer in the Championship, but he is now on the lookout for a new club.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is certain in-demand Gyrano Kerk is ready for the next stage in his career.
The Utrecht speedster was reportedly subject of a bid fromin January and a clutch of clubs have been circling around the 24-year-old winger since.
Thechampions were denied in the previous window as Kerk remained in the Eredivisie but now his ex-boss believes the time is now for his former star pupil to make a move.
Ten Hag said: “He can certainly take another step.
Fraser Forster one of several players to be axed by Southampton
The Daily Express have reported that Southampton will be offloading several players in the upcoming transfer window, with one of those being Fraser Forster. This news only strengthens the possibility of the shot-stopper returning to Celtic for another spell at the club. It has been in the rumour mill for weeks that Forster may be returning to Celtic Park, but it has been subject to negotiations between the clubs. This news indicates that the England international is ready to move on from The Saints and continue the saga that is Fraser Forster and his return to Celtic.
“His way of playing would fit well in England. It is only difficult to estimate whether the step up from the Eredivisie to the Premier League is too big
“I think he would do even better in Germany. Much more counter-attacking football is played there.
“That is perfect for him. He is very dangerous in the larger spaces.”
The favourable review from the Ajax tactical mastermind comes after Kerk's agent suggested a host ofbig hitters were eyeing his services.
The player's agent Richinel Bryson, said: "Movement in the transfer market has been held up because of the coronavirus crisis, but it’s back now.
"I have been in plenty of Zoom conversations with big foreign clubs. Gyrano has proved he’s ready for the next step, although it’s not a foregone conclusion that he will leave. But he is very ambitious.
Celtic boss Lennon braced for Edouard bids after hat-trick
Odsonne Edouard gave another demonstration of why he has been linked with a move to the Premier League on Sunday.Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City are among the Premier League clubs to be linked with Edouard, who joined Celtic for a reported club-record fee of around £9million in 2018 after a successful season-long loan.
"He is 24 years old and has had a very strong season."
Meanwhile, Hoops bossis confident he’ll be given the funds to tool up for a potentially historic campaign.
He said: “The market is open and we have seen some big names and big money being bandied around already.
“It’ll be interesting to see how it settles down. We’re very wary that there may be interest in some of our players and that’s something we will have to deal with as we go along.
“But we will look to add to the squad. We’ve had Mo Elyounoussi in the building for a few weeks.
“Barkas is the first real new addition to the squad so we will be looking to add to that as we go along.
“We’ve been patient and it’s been difficult but I don’t think it’s been any more difficult than any other transfer window.”
Celtic praise fan decision as Peter Lawwell makes 'as soon as possible' promise to supporters .
Fans will be allowed back in during September after the government announced changes earlier today.Supporters will be allowed into stadia - following social distancing guidelines - in September.