Kilmarnock have rejected a bid for Celtic left-back target Greg Taylor. According to STV, Sunderland have made a bid of less than £1m for Taylor and that has been knocked back by Kilmarnock.
Killie do not want to sell Taylor unless a club matches their £3m valuation. They are quite keen to keep him at Rugby Park but have signed Niko Hamalainen as a replacement just in case.
Celtic have been strongly linked with a move for the Scotland international, who is the third-choice left-back in the national squad after Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. The Bhoys sold Tierney to Arsenal this summer and have been trying to find his replacement.
Sunderland recently entered the race for Taylor. The Black Cats, who play in England’s third tier, want the 21-year-old to compete with Denver Hume at left-back. But their bid has been rejected by Kilmarnock with time running out before the deadline.
Sunderland’s offer is way below Kilmarnock’s valuation. Jack Ross’ men know that they have to stump up £3m for Taylor and that is quite a hefty price for a League One club to pay – even if it is Sunderland.
Celtic hold two trump cards here. Firstly, it is clear that they can afford Taylor because they are armed with plenty of cash from the Tierney sale. And secondly, they could offer Jack Hendry as a part-exchange.
This is a potential plan (according to The Daily Record) as Hendry is a Kilmarnock target. Celtic do not have plans for the centre-back so this could be a feasible transfer before next week’s deadline.