QPR manager Mark Warburton has once again admitted that contract talks with Bright Osayi-Samuel have stalled.
Celtic were linked by the Scottish Sun with a move for the Nigerian wide-man, with Neil Lennon said to have been wanting him in before the transfer window closed in October.
In the end, Celtic didn’t move for him, with the winger instead being available on a pre-contract move in the summer. Of course, by not trying to nab him before the window closed, the club risked him signing a new deal with the Championship club.
But there have been issues with that on a consistent basis as Celtic close in on their January opportunity to speak to Osayi-Samuel. Warburton has once again opened up on a fresh blow in contract negotiations but tried to play it down as much as possible.
As quoted by West London Sport, Warburton said: “There are always things that crop up and occur. At times you hit a stalemate in certain discussions and negotiations. But the talking goes on. We just have to wait and see what happens. Offers will be made and discussions are ongoing.”
If Osayi-Samuel wanted to sign on, he would’ve done by now
It’s looking more and more clear that Osayi-Samuel is looking for a fresh challenge as his contract continues to go unsigned beyond the end of the season. Celtic are close to a major opportunity here.
Should Osayi-Samuel sign, we would be signing a pacey right-winger who, despite only being 22 years of age, has around 160 appearances from League Two up to the Championship (Transfermarkt). This isn’t a young inexperienced hopeful who would go into the development squad at Lennoxtown.
Far from it in fact, the QPR man could easily jump straight into the Celtic side at the moment. We don’t have a natural replacement for James Forrest, and with him injured for the long-term, it’s clear we missed a trick in not signing Osayi-Samuel in the summer.
January could represent QPR’s final chance to get a fee for him if he doesn’t sign on. Tying up a pre-contract deal first is Celtic’s best hope of forcing the Championship side’s hand in the new year. And we’re getting closer and closer to being able to do that.
Having a right-sided team of Osayi-Samuel and Jeremie Frimpong could cause absolute mayhem to Scottish Premiership opposition with their pace and directness. Given the Nigerian is starting to pick up form too with three direct goal contributions in two games, he’s getting up to speed at the right time.
Hopefully, Celtic make the move in January that they should’ve done in the summer. In the meantime, we have to continue hoping that Osayi-Samuel continues to stall the talks with QPR.