Celtic are reportedly keen on bringing highly-rated West Brom youngster Dara O’Shea to the club.
The Scottish Sun believes that the Hoops have watched the Irish defender on several occasions. He’s been spending this season on loan at Exeter City, where he’s made 33 top-team appearances. It’s certainly been a season of growth for the centre-back.
Last season, he also spent a year out on loan with Hereford. However, despite that, he only made three appearances in a disappointing spell. He’s yet to make a top team appearance for West Brom, therefore still lacks top-level competition.
The Sun states that Celtic could nab him at the end of the season for a small development fee. West Brom apparently have an option on his contract to extend it. It runs out at the end of the month and no deal has yet been agreed.
O’Shea has featured in the past for the Republic of Ireland under-19 side. He’s never featured at an age group higher than that, however.
A signing for the future
Out of all of the signings Celtic have been linked with, this is probably the most realistic to get done. The reason? O’Shea would be one for the long-term future. If Celtic fancy him, they can go for him knowing they aren’t throwing new players at a new manager as opposed to him bringing in his own signings.
If he was to sign up, he would subsequently join a growing list of top prospects at Lennoxtown. The likes of Kerr McInroy, Karamoko Dembele, and Armstrong Oko-Flex have all been recognised this season. Celtic are becoming a club that are keen on giving youth a chance.
In that sense it would be a good move for O’Shea. It doesn’t seem as though he’s anywhere near the West Brom first-team as of yet, so a move to Parkhead and a change of scenery could appeal.
O’Shea was on the radar at Parkhead under Brendan Rodgers too. So this seems to have been a long-term target. The Sun believes that Celtic remain interested.
Watch the space on this one. Bringin in youth players for the future is totally different to big-name players for the here and now. It doesn’t intrude on any new manager, so this seems like a viable deal to get done if Celtic want it.