Celtic-linked Kyle Edwards confirms he won't be joining Reading

By David Walton

July 26, 2021

Reported Celtic target Kyle Edwards has confirmed he won’t be joining Reading after his trial with the Championship club came to an end.

Celtic were first linked with a move for the former West Bromwich Albion back at the beginning of July. Football Insider claimed that Celtic were working on a deal for the England under-20 international.

The Daily Record then reported two weeks ago that Celtic were assessing Edwards’ wage demands ahead of a potential move. That came amidst a trial with Reading as the player looked for a swift return to England’s second tier.

However, as quoted by Birmingham Mail, Edwards has confirmed his potential move won’t be going ahead.

“Just wanted to say a quick thank you to Reading FC for the pre-season experience.

“Unfortunately couldn’t get pen to paper due to the current situation. A great club with great people, wish them all the best for the season.”

Celtic move for Kyle Edwards unlikely if Kristijan Lovric is a goer

Interestingly, Edwards is a left-winger. Perhaps the final area of the final third Celtic need strengthening in. Even if he isn’t first choice, it looks like he’s back on the market regardless.

Of course, it comes at a time when the Hoops have been linked with a move for Croatian international Kristijan Lovric [IndexHR].

Lovric is also a left-winger and is much more of the profile Celtic fans are after. However, it’s been reported that he would cost as much as £4.2m [Daily Mail]. It’s up in the air as to whether Celtic can even afford to splash that kind of cash out given the defensive reinforcements that are still urgently required.

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Edwards represents a cheaper alternative. However, with only 49 appearances with West Brom to his name [Transfermarkt], his inexperience is telling.

At 23, Edwards hasn’t played the amount of football he should’ve done by now. That’s another vast difference to Lovric, who has over 100 career appearances to his name [Transfermarkt].

It’s good for Celtic to have options, but there’s no denying who fans would rather have. If Lovric is available, the urge from supporters will be to snap him up.

In other news: Celtic to play in front of around 4,600 Midtjylland supporters