Celtic are reportedly hoping to bring in Nicky Hammond as their new director of football. As reported by The Sun, the Bhoys want the 51-year-old to take over from Lee Congerton when it comes to recruitment at Parkhead, Congerton followed Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City.
The appointment of Hammond could certainly help Celtic in their pursuit of a long-term transfer target.
Celtic have been linked with Liam Moore in recent years.
It was reported by the Daily Record that Moore was a £5 million January transfer target in 2018. But Moore stuck around and has been one of Reading’s standout players in the 18 months since.
This summer the interest was seemingly revitalized in light of Dedryck Boyata’s departure from Celtic.
Courtney Friday, a journalist with the Reading Chronicle, suggested Celtic were keen on the player again this summer. He later stated the Bhoys had actually been ‘priced out’ of a move.
But Hammond could help bridge that gap.
The potential new Celtic transfer chief spent 20 years at Reading as a player and behind-the-scenes. He still has strong relationships with honorary life president John Madejski and director Nigel Howe at the Madejski Stadium.
If Moore was a target, then there is perhaps nobody better to negotiate with Reading about a potential deal than Hammond.
At the moment, there is seemingly no renewed bid for Moore from Celtic. But if there was, Celtic would have a great chance of doing a deal with Hammond at the wheel.