Newcastle United defender Javi Manquillo is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for a bargain £5million in the January transfer window, with West Ham United reportedly keen. But should Celtic join the race?
The Northern Echo have claimed that West Ham are set to make a £5million offer for the 25-year-old, who is yet to find a permanent home throughout his career – after spells with Liverpool, Sunderland, Newcastle and Marseille.
Manquillo joined Newcastle in the summer of 2017 from Atletico Madrid, but has only managed to clock up 53 appearances in all competitions in what is now his third season at St. James’ Park. This term, he has managed just six Premier League starts.
The Spain youth international is struggling for game time with DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth offering competition at right-back, while Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems currently options on the left side of The Toon’s five-man back line.
A move is inevitable then, with West Ham keen to bring him to London as Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks struggle – while Arthur Masuaku has come under plenty of criticism. But should Scottish champions Celtic raid Newcastle for Manquillo?
Since the loss of Kieran Tierney in the summer, Celtic have needed a left-back. Boli Bolingoli has so far been a failure, while Greg Taylor is struggling to break his way into the side. Jonny Hayes, who is hardly the long-term answer, is being used.
While on the right side of the defence, Moritz Bauer is struggling to regain his form since joining on loan from Stoke while Hatem Abd Elhamed has spent as much time with the physios as he has on the pitch.
Bringing in a player for a considerably small fee in this day and age to cover both right and left-back in Neil Lennon’s side would be an excellent signing. Celtic need to convince Manquillo to chance his arm in Scotland, rather than London.