Lewis Ferguson wants EPL move after impressing Celtic fans last month
Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson has identified the English Premier League as his next destination despite Celtic fans wanting him to move to Parkhead.
Ferguson yesterday handed in a transfer request to the Dons. This came after reports of Watford having a £2million offer rejected for his services [Scottish Sun]. He’s currently contracted to the Pittodrie club until 2024. However, the transfer request will undoubtedly have rocked Aberdeen.
Celtic fans were left impressed with the player after a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie last month. Many believed that he proved in that goalscoring display that he could potentially be a future Parkhead star. Rangers, meanwhile, have also been linked [Scottish Sun].
However, his agent has been speaking to the Daily Record, and it’s clear a move to one of Glasgow’s big two isn’t on his agenda.
“I can confirm that Lewis has handed in a written transfer request to Aberdeen. When he signed the extension to his contract, he made it clear that he saw his future in the English Premier League.
“An English Premier League club has now made an offer, which has been rejected, but the club involved haven’t been given an asking price, which is disappointing.”
Lewis Ferguson wants EPL move; doesn’t mean Celtic have no chance
Of course, just because Ferguson wants to go to England, it doesn’t totally rule us out. That is if we decide to make an offer for his services. Despite the Celtic supporters’ approval, there’s been no reported interest from Parkhead as of yet.
But there have been plenty of players in the past who have eyed up England before making a move to Celtic. Stuart Armstrong being one. The Hoops still have an incredible appeal. They would provide Ferguson with a European platform and a chance to add medals to his CV.
Chances are, he goes down to England and doesn’t get a game. We see it all the time with talents signed from Scotland by EPL sides. They can get lost in the mix, and that’s something Ferguson should be avoiding at all costs.
As for his transfer request, you have to question it. When players sign contracts, there should be an understanding there that the players are committing to those deals. If a player signs until the summer of 2024, that’s how long he should be committed to the club for. Throwing dummies out the pram when they fail to bag a move makes no sense when players have already committed.
Aberdeen are under no obligation to give clubs an asking price. It’s down to buying clubs to pique the Dons’ interest. It’s their asset and it’ll be down to them when they sell Ferguson – not the other way around.
We’ll see how this develops in the coming days. But don’t be surprised if he’s on the move this summer.