Celtic-linked Siriki Dembele's agent accused of "drumming up interest" by Peterborough
Reported Celtic target Siriki Dmbele’s agent has been accused by Peterborough United of trying to drum up interest in the talented forward.
Dembele has just come off a fine 12-goal season with the English Championship club. However, his refusal to commit to a new contract means he can be snapped up for nothing in 12 months.
Naturally, that’s led to a power of rumours surrounding Dembele’s future this summer. Celtic were linked with the player back in March along with several English clubs [Give Me Sport].
The Sun claimed over the weekend that Posh value Dembele at £4m. But Peterborough director of football Barry Fry believes the player’s agent is doing his best to push his player out the door.
Speaking to Peterborough Today on Dembele’s situation, Fry said the following:
“As for Siriki I suspect that’s his agent trying to drum up interest. I’ve heard nothing from any of those clubs. Fulham have been interested in Siriki for a while, but I’ve had no contact from them recently.”
Siriki Dembele’s agent targeted by Fry; Celtic don’t appear to be any closer to signing Dembele
You would expect this kind of thing from a player’s agent considering Dembele is into the final 12 months of his contract. However, at the end of the day, the player can only depart if an offer is accepted.
Peterborough have seemed hesitant all summer to commit to his departure. Yet, at the same time, it doesn’t appear as though any of his apparent suitors are closing in on a move for him.
It’s clear that Dembele is being looked at. Whether Celtic are indeed one of those clubs remains to be seen. The player is reportedly favouring a move to Scotland, and that could put the Hoops on red alert [Peterborough Today].
But you would question whether Celtic would be happy to pay anywhere near as much as £4m for a player into the final 12 months of his deal. Especially considering he plays in a position that’s no longer a major requirement for the Hoops to fill.
Dembele’s versatility is certainly attractive however. He can operate on the left, as a number 10, and as a centre-forward. It’s certainly worth considering for the Hoops if they feel another forward option is necessary.
For now, it doesn’t look as though Dembele is going anywhere.