Reported Celtic target Joel Randall has attracted interest around the UK.
According to Devon Live, the left-sided midfielder’s club, Exeter City, have rejected a reported bid of £300,000 from Charlton Athletic. The Addicks are looking for a long-term replacement for Alfie Doughty, who was also sought after by Celtic.
Exeter City, who sit 10th in the EFL League Two, are looking for at least a million for their 21-year-old prospect, according to Charlton boss Lee Bowyer.
Speaking in comments published by Devon Live, Bowyer said:
“We’ve made two bids for him but I don’t think he’s going to be in our price range, from what I hear. He’s a good, young player. But he’s only played about 15 games in League Two in his career. He wouldn’t be for now, he’d be a project for the future. From what I understand, what they’re asking for would be out of our price range.
“I think [a million is] a lot of money for someone who’s played 14-16 games in League Two. That’s a lot of money for someone that’s done that. But I like him, I think he’s a good player.”
Who is reported Celtic target Joel Randall?
21-year-old English talent Joel Randall is having an impressive season. At the time of writing, he boasts 10 goal involvements in 21 games (Transfermarkt).
A product of Exeter City’s youth development, Randall is signed to the same agency as Liverpool wonderkid Curtis Jones. His rapid ascent into the nationwide consciousness comes as a bit of a shock, as he was on loan at semi-pro outfit Weston-Super-Mare AFC as recently as 2019.
According to The Sun, Celtic have long held an interest in Randall, who came through the same youth academy as Ethan Ampadu and Ollie Watkins. The Grecians could well hold out for as much as £1.5m with clauses and add-ons.
Exeter City’s own website describes Randall as “a very skillful midfielder with loads of energy”. He can play anywhere on the left, showing the versatility of the modern wide player. Celtic could use him as a left-back, or further up the pitch.
Having most likely lost out on Alfie Doughty, it’s interesting that we’re battling Doughty’s current club for his replacement.
Either way, the club need options on the left-flank. Although Randall plays in England’s fourth tier, he’s reportedly a star in the making.