Leicester City are reportedly willing to wave goodbye to winger Demarai Gray for just £1.8million this month after the English ace entered the final six months of his contract – so should Celtic be interested?
Gray, 24, has failed to feature for Leicester regularly this season. Plummeting down the pecking order, he has managed just 18 minutes of Premier League football and might have even played his last game for the Foxes.
German outlet Sport1 claim that Bayer Leverkusen are interested in signing Gray, but are unwilling to pay the £1.8million required to sign him this month. Leverkusen, as a non-English side, can get him on a pre-contract deal.
As can Celtic. The Hoops are also considered a non-English side and that could allow them to sign Gray on a free this month – with the England Under-21 ace joining Celtic in the summer. But at £1.8million, they may want him now.
Back in the summer, Rodgers was quoted by the Independent as saying: “His attitude to training has been first class, he has been very professional, but he is at the stage of his career where a fresh start may be the course for him.”
Celtic need inspiration from somewhere and if they are to enter the January window, a new winger might be one of their first port of calls. James Forrest has been injured for the season, while Mikey Johnston has just returned.
Lennon has had to make do with Mo Elyounoussi and a central midfielder playing in the wide positions – or using a wing-back system that saw Jeremie Frimpong and Diego Laxalt providing the width.
A winger is clearly needed and at £1.8million, the Hoops seriously need to consider stealing a march on Bayer’s hesitancy to lure Gray to Parkhead – from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.