Barry Fry provides pleasing update on Celtic transfer target Siriki Dembele

By John McGinley

May 16, 2021

Celtic transfer target Siriki Dembele is unlikely to sign a new contract at Peterborough United, the club’s Director of Football Barry Fry has told This Is Futbol.

Peterborough have a policy of transfer listing talents who have a year left on their current deals and don’t put pen to paper on a new one.

That’s the exact scenario Dembele is now destined for.

Fry said of the winger to This Is Futbol: “He’s got a year left on his contract and we’ve made him what we consider to be a lucrative offer but there has been a lot of interest in him, and I don’t think he’ll sign a new contract with us.

“The club’s policy is if you’re in the last year of your contract, and the club offers a contract and you refuse it, we put you on the transfer list. We’ve had bids worth millions for Dembele and rejected them.”

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Give Me Sport reported in March that Celtic had made Dembele a summer transfer target. Brother of Karamoko, the 24-year-old has been in excellent form for Posh this season.

He’s scored 12 goals and assisted 12 more in all competitions this season. [Transfermarkt]

Celtic are in need of attackers, especially those capable of playing on the flanks.

The future of Mohamed Elyounoussi is uncertain and there’s no real depth beyond James Forrest.

Dembele can play on the left side, through the middle as an attacking midfielder and as a centre forward.

Reported Celtic target Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United
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No doubt the opportunity to play alongside his brother would be appealing. Karamoko has just over a year left on his contract and bringing in his sibling could even convince him to commit to a new deal.

With Peterborough United sounding ready to do business, the time could be right for Celtic to reunite the pair.

In other news, sources tell newspaper there will be no Eddie Howe appointment at the start of this week.