Report: Celtic only have to pay Sheffield Wednesday £150k for Osaze Urhoghide

By David Walton

July 4, 2021

Sheffield Wednesday have another reason to be fuming with Celtic as the Hoops only need to pay £150k for Osaze Urhoghide, the Star reports.

Celtic secured the signing of the centre-back last week after his contract with the Owls had run out. It was a move that infuriated Wednesday supporters after we also signed Liam Shaw from the same club for absolutely nothing earlier this year.

The Hoops obviously have to pay a compensation fee to Wednesday after bagging Urhoghide. In the past, it’s been claimed that Celtic had to pay as much as £300k for Liam Shaw [Sky Sports].

But Urhoghide is a different matter. Whilst Shaw came through the ranks with Wednesday, Urhoghide actually signed for the Owls back in 2019 when he was 19 years of age. He came through the ranks at AFC Wimbledon and signed his first professional contract there.

Therefore, Wednesday aren’t entitled to the full regular development compensation amount. The Star believes that, under FIFA’s current categorisation system, the Hoops only have to pay £150k for the defender.

Celtic deal for Sheffield Wednesday talent looks absolute class on paper

Urhoghide may at face value look like another long-term project. However, when you watch him in action, you’ll notice there’s something just a touch special about him.

He has pace, strength, and is confident in playing out from the back. Not only that, the Dutch-born youngster is happy to stroll out of defence in an Ajer-like fashion. Granted, there’s plenty of development potential there too – Urhoghide is anything but the finished article.

As of yet. it’s not clear where Ange Postecoglou views him either positionally or even which squad he’ll be competing in. Is he a development player for the foreseeable future or one for the here and now? Our upcoming pre-season training camp in Wales, which begins tomorrow, should help clear that up.

Osaze Urhoghide arrived at Celtic on Thursday / (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Urhoghide will definitely be there, but how much game-time he receives in the three friendly matches will tell us plenty. It’ll also give us an insight as to what level he’s currently operating at. Considering he can also play at right-back, he has plenty going in his favour.

But as we look forward to learning more about him and where he fits in at Celtic, spare a thought for Wednesday. That’s two of their top talents we’ve plucked from their first-team for absolutely nothing. It’s not wonder their supporters have such spite for the Hoops these days.

Not that any of us will lose much sleep over it of course. All we hope is that these talents prove to be good enough to one day be successful Celtic players.

In other news, one of the most exciting Celtic targets of the summer is reportedly set to move elsewhere.