Leeds United and West Ham United are both reportedly interested in taking advantage of Brentford’s play-off final defeat by raiding the Bees for left-back Rico Henry – but Celtic cannot let the Premier League clubs go unchallenged.
Henry played all 49 matches in Brentford’s run to the Championship play-off final but the Bees were eventually seen off by Fulham. It saw Fulham and Brentford suffer double heartache, after coming close to automatic promotion.
A number of Brentford stars have been linked with a move. Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma, Josh Dasilva and even goalkeeper David Raya, who made a mistake in the final – allowing Joe Bryan’s free-kick to sail past him.
Now, Leeds and West Ham are said to be pursuing a potential move for Henry. The Daily Mail claim the Whites and David Moyes’ side are keen, as are Slaven Bilic’s West Brom and Brighton & Hove Albion.
But Scottish champions Celtic have got to throw themselves into the race. The Scottish Sun claimed last summer that Henry was a £7million target for Neil Lennon’s side, but instead the Hoops secured a move for Boli Bolingoli.
Bolingoli was supposed to be a replacement for Kieran Tierney, but has struggled and Greg Taylor is currently first choice. However, the ex-Kilmarnock man is hardly the long-term answer to Tierney’s departure.
Celtic need a left-back and Henry would be ideal. Blisteringly quick, excellent going forward and sturdy in defence, he is the ideal summer addition for the Scottish champions on the left side of their defence.
So, Lennon needs to get his skates on and join Leeds, West Ham, West Brom and Brighton in the race to sign a player he clearly likes – after initially being linked 12 months ago.