Report: Celtic-linked U21 international would only cost around £200k in January

By David Walton

December 30, 2021

Celtic-linked Linfield prodigy Trai Hume would only cost around £200k in the January transfer window, Belfast Live reports.

Back on deadline day, it was reported that the Hoops were taking a look at a potential late move for the right-back [Belfast Live]. However, nothing came of it and Hume has since spent the last few months building his reputation in Northern Ireland.

Linfield were said to have knocked back a host of offers for Hume’s signature. Manager David Healy then came out and slammed the idea of his player leaving on the cheap [Belfast Telegraph].

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However, it doesn’t appear as though Hume is going to cost all that much for potential suitors. Belfast Live has reported that Sunderland are at the front of the chasing pack.

And speaking via the same newspaper, Healy said the following about his player’s situation when asked whether he’ll leave: “I would imagine so if somebody is going to agree terms with the football club.

“We always had huge belief in Trai and since he came back he has done everything we expected and everything we had hoped. I’m on record before saying I was shocked – absolutely shocked – that he didn’t get an opportunity to go across the water when he was younger.”

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Celtic move for Trai Hume would hardly eat into the budget

If Celtic feel there’s a talent here worth progressing, then there’s little risk in making a move. Especially when you consider any fee is said to be just over the £200k mark. That hardly eats into the Celtic January budget.

Competition is hardly prestigious either. The likes of Sunderland and Lincoln City hardly hold the same gravitas that a move to Parkhead would offer. If Celtic had a vision for Hume’s development, it would be something the Northern Ireland U21 international would surely be interested in.

Of course, this needs to be down to Ange Postecoglou. There’s a reason Celtic didn’t make a move in the summer. That could potentially be down to the player not being deemed good enough at this moment in time.

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And it’s fair to say that any deal for Hume would likely see him placed in the B team for the foreseeable future. Is that a step he would be willing to make when there are potential first-team alternatives out there?

It remains to be seen if Celtic hold a firm interest in the player next month. Healy hinted earlier this year that a team in Scotland did enquire about the player during the summer window [Belfast Telegraph]. All evidence points to that indeed being Celtic.

So all eyes then on whether there’s still any interest. One thing’s for sure, the fee certainly wouldn’t hold the Hoops back if this is a project worth taking a punt on.

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