Millwall once wanted £10m for Celtic-linked Jed Wallace; can soon be signed for nothing

By David Walton

September 14, 2021

Celtic-linked Jed Wallace was once mooted as being worth £10m, but soon the winger can be signed for absolutely nothing.

Over the weekend, Football League World reported that the Hoops were one of a host of names interested in the player. This comes after a fast start to the season in which Wallace has bagged three goals and two assists in seven appearances.

Back in December 2019, Aston Villa were linked with a move for the player after being promoted to the English Premier League. It was reported back then by the Birmingham Mail that Millwall would want as much as £10m for their star man.

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A move never came to fruition. However, at the same time, Wallace has never moved to extend his contract. That’s despite the fact Millwall are desperate to do so.

Back in June, manager Gary Rowett stated that someone would have to submit a “whopping great massive big” in order to sign the Englishman [London News Online].

However, come January, clubs will be able to speak with the player and look to secure him on a pre-contract in the summer.

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Celtic in no great need for wide options despite Jed Wallace report

It’s difficult to say that Celtic need any sort of additional winger at the club either in January or next season.

Down the left flank, we have Jota and Mikey Johnston who will be competing to be first-choice throughout the campaign. We then have James Forrest and Liel Abada operating down the right flank.

So, in truth, Celtic have plenty of options there. Adding another into the mix may look great for depth, but we have to be wary about overdoing our options in certain positions.

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Wallace is off to a great start this season with Millwall. It’s no surprise EPL clubs have been linked with a move for his services. With 65 goal contributions in 197 Championship games, he looks ready for a step up.

Wallace can also feature as a number 10 or even in the striker’s role. Again, however, do Celtic truly need options there in the January window? Should those positions be amongst our main priorities this summer?

Of course, forward-planning for next season would be worth doing if the right player is available in January. So if Celtic are indeed interested, a pre-contract would look like the best move more than an immediate mid-season switch.

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