According to the Sky Sports transfer deadline-day blog (12:12), Celtic were one of six clubs to have efforts to sign Luke Freeman knocked back by Sheffield United.
The other clubs reportedly in the mix for the midfielder’s signature were Nottingham Forest, Fulham, Millwall, Swansea, and Rangers respectively. The interest in Freeman was with a view to him completing a loan deal.
Freeman was signed from QPR in the summer for £5million (Daily Mail). However, despite his costly valuation, he’s had a disappointing first year with the Blades.
He’s only made 13 appearances for them during the first half of the season. In their last four Premier League games, he wasn’t even a part of the matchday squad (Transfermarkt). So it’s been quite the steep decline for Freeman, who has also played for Bristol City and Stevenage respectively.
Loan could suggest Celtic want another midfielder
Given the fact this was a reported effort from Celtic, this could mean that the Hoops are in the market for another midfielder. None of us are expecting shockwaves between now and midnight, but it’s only an area we should want to strengthen if the right player becomes available.
Not many supporters will be too fussed about us not signing Freeman. It’s not one the club particularly needs to get done at this moment in time.
He also, for an attacking midfielder, doesn’t have the best of stats. In his 13 appearances this season, he’s only managed one assist. That came in the FA Cup at home to Fylde. Even in the year that encouraged Sheffield to snap him up whilst at QPR, he only managed nine goals and eight assists in 48 games (Transfermarkt). Decent, but not remarkable.
The midfielder’s contract with Sheffield runs until the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt). So this isn’t a deal we’ll want to revisit anytime soon given the inflated figures down in England. It’s unlikely that United would want to shift him on at the end of the season anyway given he was only just signed in the summer.
It would’ve been a huge surprise to have seen him overtake the likes of Callum McGregor or Olivier Ntcham in the team in any case. We have plenty of power in there now that we know Ntcham is staying and not going to West Ham (Daily Record). With the addition of Ismaila Soro, only the signing of Victor Wanyama should see us make an exception.
So Freeman will stay at United and won’t be going anywhere. For many of a Celtic persuasion, this will be met with a swift shrug of the shoulders.