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Sam Byram would be perfect Celtic target for summer

The right-back was linked with a move to Liverpool whilst a Leeds United player.

Mathew Nash

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It would be fair to say that Sam Byram has not exactly enjoyed a good time at West Ham United.

Since his move from Leeds United in January 2016, he has struggled to find anything like his best form. Injuries have not helped matters either.

All in all, Byram has played just 36 times for the Hammers in the past two and a half season.

So, should Celtic offer him a way out this summer?

First of all, Brendan Rodgers is supposedly a fan. Back in April 2015, it was reported by the Daily Star that Byram was being tracked by Rodgers when Liverpool manager.

An £8 million deal for the player was mooted but nothing ever happened.

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It would not be a surprise if Liverpool were interested. Byram was one of the hottest prospects in the Championship. West Ham won the battle for his signature a few months later, with Everton beaten into second. By this time, Rodgers was out of work. He had been sacked, with Jurgen Klopp the new Liverpool boss.

Now, Rodgers is at Celtic and the Bhoys need to sign a new right-back in the summer. Swedish defender Mikael Lustig has endured a tough season. His drop in form has certainly been one of the more alarming aspects of Celtic’s campaign.

In back-up, Celtic have Cristian Gamboa, who in all honesty cannot buy a game at Parkhead. After the Costa Rican, there is Anthony Ralston, one for the future at 19-years-old he is currently on loan at Dundee United.

Come the summer a new right-back recruit will be needed and Byram could be perfect.

The 24-year-old still has plenty to offer in his career and moving north of the border could be the perfect kickstart he has been looking for.

With Celtic needing a right-back, the pursuit of Byram would certainly make sense this summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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One year since £800k Celtic transfer collapsed, Rivaldo Coetzee still hasn’t played

The South African very nearly joined Celtic. But a toe injury nearly finished his promising career.

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One year ago to the day it looked as though Celtic had secured a top young defensive talent. Ajax Cape Town announced that the young South Africa international Rivaldo Coetzee had agreed a deal to join Celtic.

The move was pending a medical and work permit, both of which were expected to be successful for Celtic.

It looked a fantastic deal. Considered one of the top young talents in Africa, the defender had won the player and player’s player of the year awards at Ajax CT the previous season.

Celtic would have paid a fee reported to be in the region of £800,000 for the player, according to Goal, and it looked a great piece of business.

However, the walls came crashing down around this deal.

As reported by the BBC a medical discovered an issue with Coetzee’s right foot and the plug was pulled on a transfer. Ten days later, with Ajax CT no longer a welcome environment he switched to fellow South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA SEPTEMBER 05: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) South African soccer player Rivaldo Coetzee (20) is accompanied by his lawyer Bruce Hendricks during his appearance at the Goodwood Magistrates Court on charges of reckless and negligent driving on September 05, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Coetzee, who is a former Ajax Cape Town player and recently joined Mamelodi Sundowns was allegedly caught on camera driving at 195 km / h in a 120 km / h zone. (Photo by Jaco Marais/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

One year later and it would not appear Celtic made a mistake.

The problem with Coetzee’s medical was clearly more serious than first feared. One year later, and Coetzee has not played a single game since.

At the end of July, he returned to full training. The Times in South Africa reported recently that at one stage, the shockingly bad toe injury was threatening to end his career at just 21-years-old.

Celtic have no doubt dodged a bullet for now. But they should also keep track of his progress. He remains extremely young and equally as talented. If he can prove he is over his injury woes, maybe a return bid could be on the cards from Celtic.

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Celtic must not be undercut on £25m Kieran Tierney asking price

Everton were willing to pay £18 million for the Celtic defender, with the club wanting £25 million.

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Earlier this summer Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney looked like being on his way to Everton. The Scottish international was being earmarked as a potential replacement for the aging Leighton Baines.

However, when it came down to matching Celtic’s asking price, Everton would not meet the amount the Bhoys were after. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic wanted £25 million for Tierney. Everton were only willing to go as high as £18 million and pulled out of a deal, signing Lucas Digne from Barcelona instead.

Now, Celtic look set to have a fight on their hands to keep Tierney again in January. As reported by The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur now want Tierney.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 18: Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney of Celtic are seen during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The report even claims Spurs are hoping to sign him at a cut-price deal of just £10 million, taking advantage of Celtic’s inability to qualify for the Champions League and the financial hit that caused.

Celtic must not budge on their high asking price for Tierney. He is an extremely talented left-back and the Bhoys would be selling themselves short, especially at just £10 million.

Perhaps there is wiggle room on a £25 million fee, but Celtic should not be taking a £15 million cut to move on their best talent.

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Three ins and outs Celtic could complete this week

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Crisis in Europe means that the pressure is on Celtic entering into the final full week of the transfer window for Scottish teams, with Brendan Rodgers looking for ways to strengthen his squad whilst also considering who may have to depart to balance the budget.

This could lead to some unexpected signings and departures, with these three some of those which may take place…

Kieran Tierney (Tottenham)

It seems unlikely a deal would go through this week, but the two clubs could come to an agreement ahead of a January move, particularly as the Mirror claim that the reason for the potential deal for just £10 million would be due to the club’s need to adjust budgets following Champions League failure.

Celtic will not want to sell the 21-year-old, particularly at such a low price, unless they really have to and it seems that the club’s situation is not quite that severe yet.

Douglas Luiz (Manchester City)

Brendan Rodgers was spotted at the Etihad to watch Manchester City face Huddersfield Town on Sunday and City Watch have speculated that his presence may have been to hold talks over a move for Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian had a work permit application rejected to it is likely that he will leave the Citizens for elsewhere, but he could fulfill the requirements for SPL. Having spent last season on loan at Girona and with the good relationship between the two clubs, it could happen quickly.

Dedryck Boyata (Lyon)

The Scottish Sun stated that he was a target for Lyon, among several European clubs, earlier this summer but no deal has yet come to pass. A row over him declaring himself injured for a crucial fixture could prove to be the end of his Celtic career, whether his destination is Lyon or not.

“I had a long chat with Dedryck the other day. We have created a wee bit of distance from what happened last week. We will look at that over the weekend but Dedryck is still a Celtic player and I want to have him involved.”

Brendan Rodgers appears to be keen to put the fall out behind him.

Rodgers seems keen to retain his services though, so it could take an impressive offer in order to persuade him to part ways with the Belgian defender.

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