Nottingham Forest are reportedly close to completing a move for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson for what is believed to be a bargain fee – and Celtic will be making a mistake if Forest land the Gunners star.
Goal have claimed that the 27-year-old could be about to end his eight-year spell at the Emirates, with Forest set to meet Arsenal’s £2million asking price for the one-time England international.
It is widely reported that both parties are confident a deal can be agreed for Jenkinson, who was linked with a move to Scottish champions Celtic earlier in the window. At just £2million, then, are Celtic making a mistake?
The Hoops have brought in Mohamed Abd Elhamed for £1.6million and he made his debut for the Hoops on Saturday as Neil Lennon’s side cruised to a 7-0 victory over St. Johnstone at Parkhead.
But after losing Mikael Lustig to Gent and Jeremy Toljan’s loan finishing, Celtic have just Abd Elhamed and youngster Anthony Ralston as options on the right side of defence. There are question marks over Ralston.
Indeed, it remains to be seen if Lennon believes the Celtic academy product is good enough to become a regular with the Hoops. A new right-back is needed, then, and at £2million, Jenkinson is a bargain Celtic need.
According to The Scottish Mail on Sunday (back page, 16/06), Celtic wanted to sign the former Charlton Athletic defender. At just £2million, he would have been more than affordable.
Proven at European and Premier League level, Jenkinson is more than able to get forward and lay on an assist and he has even scored three Premier League goals. But with Forest set to land the defender, Celtic look set to miss out on a bargain.