Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide is making a big impression out on loan as chief exec speaks out
Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide is making an impression on loan club Oostende.
The Belgian club have admitted they’d like to sign him on a permanent basis but that they can’t actually afford the transfer fee.
Oostende hold an option to buy the former Sheffield Wednesday prospect, who arrived at Celtic last summer. But it appears that the agreement is a little too steep.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Oostende chief executive Gauthier Ganaye said: “Urhoghide has proved to be an excellent addition, but the problem is he is still too expensive for us.
“But I hope we can work out a solution with Celtic, then I would be very happy because we really want to keep Osaze.”
Frankly, that isn’t our concern of course. If they are keen on attracting Urhoghide to Belgium then they’ll need to stump up the cash.
Even then that wouldn’t guarantee his exit from the Bhoys. Urhoghide has made it quite clear he still sees himself as a long-term option for Ange Postecoglou.
He told The Daily Record earlier this year: “I spoke with Ange before I left and he told me he still sees a future at Celtic for me. But right now, my focus is on Oostende. We will see what happens here and will review it in the summer and go from there.”
Urhoghide initially found it difficult to break his way into the first-team over there but has now started their last six league matches as a centre-back.
His most recent appearance came yesterday in a promising 2-0 win away to KAS Eupen.
It’s definitely a situation to keep a close eye on ahead of the summer. If regular football can smooth over some of the rough edges in his game, he could be worth another look for Ange.