Celtic have reportedly joined the likes of West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy this summer – and Roy Keane is clearly a fan of the powerful centre-back.
Graham Potter’s defensive change to three at the back last season saw Dan Burn and Adam Webster partner Lewis Dunk in defence. It left Duffy as first reserve, but at 28, the Ireland international is hardly going to stay if he remains on the bench.
The return of Ben White and the signing of Joel Veltman is also likely to push Duffy out of the picture. The Mail claim Celtic have staged talks over a move to sign Duffy on a one-year loan, but West Ham, West Brom and Burnley are all keen.
Back in 2016 and ahead of the European competitions, then Ireland-coach Keane was full of compliments for Duffy – something that is rare. He labelled Duffy a threat in both boxes – but claimed Duffy had lots to improve.
“[He’s] a big strong boy and has got lots and lots to learn about the game. He is far from the finished article,” Keane told Goal. “He is very good in both boxes, which is pretty important in a centre half.”
TBR’s view – Duffy would be a stunning signing for Celtic
But can they really tempt Duffy to swap the chance to play for a Premier League side such as West Ham or West Brom to move north of the border? Indeed, the Hoops will hardly be able to match their rivals in terms of finances.
However, Celtic need a central defender to rival Christopher Jullien – who has been linked with Napoli – and Kris Ajer, who continues to be linked with AC Milan. The Argus does claim that Duffy is a Celtic fan.
TransferMarkt claim he is represented by the same agency as Mikey Johnston.