Italian report: Fulham in talks for Celtic-linked Omar Colley; Newcastle also interested

By David Walton

September 30, 2020

Celtic-linked Omar Colley is the subject of talks between Sampdoria and Fulham, with Newcastle also interested according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Colley has been linked with a move to Celtic throughout the summer, despite the arrival of Shane Duffy ensuring that Celtic have six options at centre-back for the season ahead.

However, it appears that Scott Parker’s Fulham are now in the driving seat for the Gambian. Tuttomercatoweb also believes that Newcastle like the player, after trying to sign him back in January.

Omar Colley played against Juventus (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Previously, Celtic were reported to only be looking at Colley if Kristoffer Ajer were to depart this summer (SampNews24). Yet that doesn’t look like happening anytime soon, with Ajer still firmly a part of things in Glasgow with no progress on any departure.

Yet if Celtic want to secure the Gambian for succession-planning, then we will need to make our move quickly. With the window closing on October 5th and Premier League clubs starting to line-up, it appears Colley will have a decision to make imminently.

McKenzie seems the right option

As experienced as Colley is with over 200 senior appearances to his name in Italy, Belgium, and Sweden to name a few, the right option for Celtic may very well be Philadelphia Union’s Mark McKenzie, whom we’ve reportedly been keeping track of (Sky Sports).

Should we sign Colley, he would arrive at the club as a 27-year-old. Yes, he would be coming into his prime, but there would be very little re-sale value if he spent several years at Parkhead, which is what we would want to see.

McKenzie, however, is currently dominating the MLS, and at just 21, he could rake a massive profit in for Celtic somewhere down the line. Given the Union seldom sell players for seven-figure numbers, this could prove to be a bargain for the Hoops.

Reported Celtic target Mark McKenzie / (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Make no mistake – Sampdoria will see an opportunity if there are several clubs interested in Colley’s services. They’ll look to drive his valuation up as much as possible, and all of a sudden we could find ourselves spending a vast sum on a player with little re-sale value.

For me, if Celtic do go for one more centre-back before the window closes, then it has to be McKenzie. He’s done more than enough to warrant the Hoops making a move for him.

However, don’t be surprised if we don’t bring either in. With so many centre-back choices to choose from at the moment, you can see why the club may feel there are other priorities this transfer window.

In other news, an ex-Hoops scout believes Celtic are in for some brilliant news at the end of the transfer window.