Report: Celtic linked with failed deadline day move for Linfield's Trai Hume
Celtic were said to be one of a number of clubs interested in a deadline day move for Linfield’s Trai Hume, Belfast Live reports.
The report claims that Linfield rejected some late transfer offers in their talented young right-back. It’s said that Celtic and Lincoln City were two of the clubs linked with moves for the Northern Ireland under-21 international.
Belfast Live reports that the offers rejected were said to be in excess of £100k. The news comes after Linfield boss David Healy warned that clubs would have to dig deep to bag the defender this summer [Belfast Live].
It’s also said by the outlet that other interested parties included EPL side Burnley and Championship side Stoke City.
Hume spent last season on loan with Ballymena United where he bagged 34 appearances. His breakthrough in the Linfield side only came back in July. So far he has 10 outings to his name for the Northern Irish outfit.
Celtic had the resources to easily acquire Trai Hume from Linfield
This isn’t one the Celtic fans will lose any sleep over. Whilst we’ve been linked as one of the clubs who may have failed to sign the player last night, it wasn’t a necessity he was brought in.
At only 19, Hume is clearly one for the future. If he was to have signed up yesterday, he likely would’ve featured for the “B” team. For the player’s lack of experience so far doesn’t suggest he would be competing for a starting spot at Parkhead anytime soon.
Celtic currently have Anthony Ralston and Josip Juranovic competing for the right-back spot at Parkhead. Hume has some way to go before he’s competing at that level.
If Celtic want to revisit this in January or even next summer, they can do. With the offers rejected only in excess of £100k, this appears to be a deal we can do at any stage. Celtic have the resources, but the question is do they have a desire to use them on the Linfield man?
Evidently, we decided not to commit any further last night. Hume will now continue to play regularly for the Northern Irish side. And in fairness, that’s likely what his career needs at the moment.
For now, we wait to see if this is something Celtic come back to the table for.