QPR have received no offers for star-man Bright Osayi-Samuel, West London Sport reports.
Osayi-Samuel was reportedly on Celtic’s radar during the summer. The Scottish Sun stated in the final weeks of the transfer window that Neil Lennon wanted to tie him up before the international window closed.
In the end, a deal didn’t come to pass, and the pacey Nigerian stayed with the Championship club. That also then opened up the prospect of another Premier League or EFL club signing him up during England’s domestic window – due to end tomorrow at 5pm.
However, West London Sport believes that QPR haven’t been approached by anyone regarding the player’s services. They also state that Crystal Palace have decided against a £4.7million move for him too.
For a player into the final year of his contract, it would be difficult to see Celtic splashing out anywhere near £5m.
Then again, there’s no guarantee that a new contract won’t be signed either. West London Sport believes talks have been progressing gradually, and that QPR is hopeful of finalising a deal.
Plenty of obstacles remain in this one
Whilst a move for Osayi-Samuel would look smart in January, it could be that Celtic have to splash out as opposed to offering a pre-contract. The Scottish Sun stated that Crystal Palace had been tracking him for a year, so if a chance arises to sign him on a pre-contract, it will be difficult to compete with them given we would be up against Premier League finances.
Sky Sports reported over the summer that Osayi-Samuel was waiting on Palace making an offer for him. So it remains to be seen whether that’s his preferred destination.
Regardless, Celtic need another right-winger, and adding an extra one in January would certainly be ideal. The Hoops only have one right-sided player available at the moment in Jeremie Frimpong.
With James Forrest injured for the long-term and Hatem Elhamed having picked up Covid, the signs are there of how easily the position can get ripped apart at the moment.
A move for Osayi-Samuel would certainly fit the bill with regards to cover. But signing him up doesn’t look like being an easy task. All eyes now will be on whether he signs that new contract before January. If not, the opportunity is there for Celtic.