Celtic were interested in Newcastle United right-back DeAndre Yedlin before pushing for Jonjoe Kenny, the Daily Record reports.
It appears that the Hoops had the USA international on their shortlist before deciding to go with the Everton right-back. Kenny is expected to arrive at Parkhead on deadline-day to seal a loan move until the summer [Daily Record].
Instead, Yedlin has reportedly arrived in Turkey as he looks set to join Galatasaray on loan until the end of the season [The Chronicle]. This comes after the full-back only managed six Premier League appearances so far this season. He is, however, a veteran on the international stage with 62 caps to his name for the USA [Transfermarkt].
Yedlin signed for Newcastle from Spurs back in 2016 in a deal worth a reported £5m [The Chronicle]. He’s gone on to make a decent 125 appearances for the Magpies [Transfermarkt]. But in recent times has lost his place in the side to the likes of Javier Manquillo and Isaac Hayden.
Celtic have still to officially announce the signing of Everton full-back Kenny at the time of writing.
DeAndre Yedlin and Jonjoe Kenny both fine options for Celtic
Having Yedlin and Kenny as potential options is good stuff from Celtic. Both men represent a bit of experience and not another project buy that needs to be built up.
That comes across as a desire just to get to the end of the season whilst trying to minimise the bleeding. Celtic’s recent decline has been steep, and results like Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to St Mirren can’t be the norm from now until May.
It sounds ridiculous to say, but Celtic need to hold on to second place. Some of these stupendous results have seen us allow Aberdeen to get to within five points of us. In truth, we’re fortunate the Dons are on a poor run of form themselves. We would be in big trouble if they weren’t.
Should Kenny sign today, I’ll personally be pleased with that. A player who sparked with Schalke last season and has just under 50 games for Everton under his belt. You can’t deny he arrives with much more experience than Frimpong did when he signed. Hopefully this stands us in good stead and allows Kris Ajer to drop back into a central defensive position.
Come the end of the season, however, we’ll need to keep our options open. If DeYedlin made our shortlist this month, he could very well be on it in the summer when we need a permanent replacement. It had been reported in September that Newcastle were willing to sell the right-back if they recouped their £5m.
That’s a figure we would hope Celtic would be willing to part with to get the right man in next season. For now, however, hopefully Kenny can provide the quality we need at right-back.