Report: Celtic lining up move for £11m rated Josh Murphy
Celtic are keen on making a move for Cardiff City winger, Josh Murphy, with Neil Lennon interested in the Bluebirds star.
According to a report from the Sun, Lennon tried to sign Murphy during January. Cardiff, however, kept hold of their man with Celtic unable to muster up the funds for a deal.
However, the latest report claims that the Bhoys will make another move for Murphy, who is valued at around £11m by the Bluebirds.
The former Norwich City man has two years left on his contract with the Welsh club.
Cardiff are struggling to put together any sort of consistent form in the Championship this term but still sit just outside the playoff places in 8th.
Murphy hasn’t quite contributed as much as he’d have liked for the club this season. He’s scored just once and set three up after bagging only three times last term.
However, that doesn’t seem to have deterred Celtic and their interest.
The Bhoys are keen on adding some width to their team after losing Scott Sinclair to Preston. Even though Sinclair was out of the picture, Lennon will still be keen on ensuring he keeps the numbers in his squad up.
£11m a lot to pay for small contributions – TBR View
While Josh Murphy is a good Championship player, £11m seems to be a massive chunk of change to part ways with for his services.
Just one goal is simply not good enough for a team chasing the top six in the Championship. Of course, basic stats like that don’t always tell the whole story. Murphy has been playing regularly and must have been doing something right to attract the interest of Celtic.
It’s hard to see Lennon parting with such a big fee to land Murphy, however. Celtic don’t necessarily pay mammoth fees for players.
Given the most they’ve spent on a player is less than £10m (Transfermarkt), you would imagine it would take a big swing for Celtic to part ways with £11m for Josh Murphy.