Report: Newcastle Utd coach wanted to pip Celtic to Cameron Carter-Vickers
Newcastle Utd first-team coach tried to get the club to pip Celtic to the signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers on deadline day, according to football.london journalist Alasdair Gold.
Celtic’s transfer business appeared to be over heading into the final hour of the window. However, out of nowhere the club struck a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to take centre-back Carter-Vickers on loan for the campaign. The deal comes with an option to buy.
A move for the USA international initially looked unlikely. Especially given it had previously been reported that Spurs were looking to sell permanently [Sky Sports]. After a failure to do so, Celtic managed to swoop in late on.
However, Newcastle coach Jones appeared to be actively encouraging his colleagues to make a move for the player.
Speaking on his podcast Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham, football.london’s Spurs reporter Alasdair Gold said the following:
“I know Newcastle were interested. They had a real think about bringing him in this window as well because I think it’s Graeme Jones who is at Newcastle, was also at Bournemouth and also (at Luton).
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“I think he had him at both clubs and he was telling Newcastle, look, I think he could do a job but it didn’t happen in the end.”
Celtic strike lucky Newcastle Utd end up without Cameron Carter-Vickers
There was nothing Celtic could’ve done had the likes of the Magpies moved for the player. We would’ve had to hope that Carter-Vickers rejected the move himself or that a fee couldn’t be agreed.
In the end, it doesn’t look as though anyone appeared to make their move for him on a permanent basis. Therefore, Celtic have managed to strike lucky and bag their man on a loan deal.
Now, the ball is in our court when it comes to the American defender. If he performs well, we’ll have the option to sign him permanently. It’s an opportunity Carter-Vickers will hopefully like the sound of too once he’s had a taste of life under Ange Postecoglou.
He certainly has the experience to be a success in Scottish football. 113 English Championship appearance and a handful of senior international caps to his name [Transfermarkt]. All at 23 years of age too. It’s impressive stuff.
Celtic, however, is the biggest move Carter-Vickers has made in his career. He won’t have dealt with pressure anything like the level of which he’ll be dealing with in Glasgow.
However, here’s hoping the EPL’s loss will be Celtic’s gain. Even if he wasn’t picked up by an English foe, he was clearly still well liked down south.