Report: Celtic want Bright Osayi-Samuel in this summer; Gary Penrice crucial to the move
Celtic want to do a deal for Bright Osayi-Samuel this summer instead of waiting to snap him up for free in January, the Scottish Sun has reported.
The QPR winger’s contract runs out at the end of the 2020/21 season. However, the Sun believes that Lennon wants to strike a bargain deal with the Championship club in the current transfer window. The newspaper also reports that the player is rated at £5million.
In addition to that, the Sun reports that Celtic’s Head of Recruitment Gary Penrice, who was an ex-scout at QPR, recommended the player to Lennon. It’s believed the Hoops hope that the Penrice connection can help sway the player’s thinking.
Crystal Palace have also reportedly been in discussions with QPR over a move for Osayi-Samuel. The Sun says that they’re in talks regarding a potential deal that could see the player head back to Loftus Road on loan for the rest of the season.
Celtic are in need of a right-winger with no current competition in the squad for James Forrest.
Lennon would be right to demand him now
It would make no sense for Celtic to match the reported Palace offer of loaning the player back to QPR. Celtic need competition for Forrest now, and signing him only to send him back would feel counter-productive to our 10-in-a-row bid.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that the player was stalling on a new contract with QPR in the hope of Palace making an offer. So far, however, nothing appears to have been accepted.
Celtic would likely have to splash out more cash in order to strike a deal that wouldn’t see the Nigerian return on loan of course. The Sun reported that Club Brugge paid as much as £4.7m earlier this summer, only for him to reject the opportunity to play in Belgium.
But there’s no denying the wide-man’s ability. At just 22, he already has 172 appearances to his name with QPR and Blackpool respectively (Transfermarkt). 15 goals and 16 assists may seem modest figures for the level of football he’s had, but he would likely hit better figures in the Scottish Premiership with a side as dominant as Celtic.
He would also hit the right level of competition that we should be looking for when it comes to Forrest’s place in the side. Osayi-Samuel wouldn’t come to Glasgow looking to play back-up. It would provide our current winger with a genuine challenge.
It looks almost certain the QPR man will leave the London club this summer. If he lands at Parkhead, it would be a very shrewd piece of business from the Hoops.