Reported Celtic target Omar Colley's agent uncertain on player's future

By David Walton

October 5, 2020

Celtic-linked Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley’s future remains up in the air on deadline-day after his agent spoke to SampNews24.

Colley has been consistently speculated as a potential option for Celtic as the Hoops have looked to boost their centre-back numbers this summer (Sky Sports).

However in more recent times, Fulham have reportedly been the front-runners for his services, with the Premier League side said to have been holding talks with the Gambian over the last week (Tuttomercatoweb).

Sampdoria defender Omar Colley / (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But with the transfer window closing tonight, there appears to be no further progress on any departure for Colley as of yet. Speaking to SampNews24, Cheikh Fall – the player’s agent – has thrown everything up in the air.

“There is no news on the Omar Colley negotiation. At the moment I see his transfer to the Premier League as very difficult, almost impossible. The hottest teams remain Sheffield United and Fulham, but Sampdoria wants the sale while the English clubs are focused more on other targets.

“There is also a problem related to the passport and the time to close the transfer is practically over.”

A defender would be ideal, but so many factors make this one unlikely

Another centre-back would be ideal today if possible, and Neil Lennon would appear to feel the same way. Sky Sports’ Antony Joseph tweeted yesterday stating that the Hoops wanted to get another centre-back in before the close of play tonight.

But you can’t imagine it’s Celtic’s first port of call. First off, we desperately need a left-sided wing-back in to provide competition for Greg Taylor. Our secondary objective should then be to bring in another right-winger given the potentially long-term injury to James Forrest. Should Jeremie Frimpong pick up a knock then the Hoops are in trouble.

However, even if we do decide to go for a centre-back, so many different factors make a move for Colley unlikely. None more so than the fact that even his agent has claimed that Premier League clubs are at the forefront of any potential switch.

Omar Colley in action for Sampdoria / (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

With apparent issues over the player’s passport as well as the fact he’s still playing on a weekly basis in Serie A, it could be a tough sell. Sampdoria also won’t want to do a deal cheaply either.

Even at this late stage, a move for fellow Celtic-linked centre-back Mark McKenzie would look smarter. Sky Sports reported earlier this month that we were tracking the USA international. Given the fact he’s six years younger than Colley too, it would seem a more doable deal today.

But let’s see what happens. One or two more in the door and Celtic fans will be delighted. Unfortunately though, it will be take a brave one to put their money on Colley arriving at Celtic Park.

In other news, one of Celtic’s reported right-wing targets is set to leave his club on loan today; but it likely won’t be for Parkhead.