Celtic will not be making a move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow this summer, despite being alerted to his potential availability by the Premier League side.
That is according to a report from The Scottish Sun, who claim that Newcastle have informed Celtic that the player is available for a fee in the region of £5 million.
But it seems that is too steep for Celtic, with Neil Lennon now set to look elsewhere for a goalkeeping replacement.
Lennon is said to know Darlow from his time at Nottingham Forest when the 29-year-old goalkeeper was a promising member of the Forest youth-team.
Darlow is currently struggling for first-team football at St James’ Park where Martin Dubravka is the undisputed number one option.
Celtic are in need of a new goalkeeper, with former Magpie Fraser Forster heading back to Southampton and Craig Gordon leaving for former club Hearts on a free transfer.
Darlow would, therefore, appear a decent option for Celtic. However, at that price and with plenty of decent free agent stoppers currently on the market, the Bhoys are making the right decision deciding to look elsewhere.
The Glasgow club have been linked with the likes of Joe Hart and David Marshall in recent weeks, both of whom would be cheaper and, arguably, better recruits.
At a lower price, there’s likely no doubt that Celtic would have been in the hunt for the Toon stopper.
But at £5 million, they are right to walk away.