Report: Celtic move for Spurs' Cameron Carter-Vickers unlikely
Sky Sports journalist Paul Gilmour has stated that a move from Celtic for Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is unlikely to happen today.
Celtic were first reported to be interested in the USA international by journalists across the Atlantic earlier this summer. However, since then, Carl Starfelt has been signed whilst a move for the Spurs man appeared to be fading away.
But with the Hoops still struggling with defensive errors, a new centre-back would still certainly be welcome. The Daily Record reported last night that Ange Postecoglou was still looking to land another on loan.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though that man will be Tottenham’s Carter-Vickers. Sky Sports’ Paul Gilmour said that this was down to the fact Tottenham want to sell him permanently whilst the Hoops only want a loan.
It was reported earlier this summer that Spurs value the player at £5m [Daily Record].
Celtic move for Cameron Carter-Vickers makes plenty of sense
It’s difficult to see why we wouldn’t splash out on Carter-Vickers. Especially if we have guaranteed money coming in from the sale of Odsonne Edouard. Not to mention the big-money departure of Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford too.
The Hoops could do a lot worse than jump on the USA international. We’re talking about a centre-back with 113 English Championship appearances to his name at only 23 years of age. He’s been capped eight times by his country stretching back to 2017, and plenty of experience across a host of English sides.
Carter-Vickers would certainly add some much-needed competition in the centre-back positions. The money should be there for Celtic to invest further. Goodness knows then why we would turn away the prospect of bringing him in permanently.
It could be the case that Celtic see the imminent return of Christopher Jullien as an excuse not to splash out on another centre-back. That’s understandable to an extent, but we have to look at the quality of competition.
We don’t have any reliable centre-back options outside of Starfelt and Stephen Welsh. It’s clear Postecoglou knows he needs another, and Carter-Vickers is hardly out of our stratosphere price-wise.
We’ll see if there are any twists here in the coming hours. But as things stand, it looks as though Celtic and Spurs are struggling to agree.