Celtic have made an approach for a Premier League winger, according to Sky Sports (Live blog 31/01 16:42).
The outlet says that the Hoops are looking to sign Newcastle’s Christian Atsu on loan.
Nottingham Forest have also expressed an interest in the player.
The Hoops are in need of a winger, as Mikey Johnston suffered an injury against St Johnstone in midweek.
Atsu has been a semi-regular for Newcastle this season, making 22 appearances. A versatile player who can play on both wings, he ticks the ‘experienced winger’ box Lennon discussed earlier this month (Sky Sports).
The player joined Newcastle from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £6.2 million (Sky Sports).
Atsu is a player of many clubs, having spent time on loan with the likes of Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga after joining Chelsea, before settling down at Newcastle.
Atsu has made 118 appearances over three-and-a-half seasons for Newcastle, scoring eight goals, and he has nine assists in that time.
However, he now seems to be available for transfer, and Celtic have elected to make their move.
Quiet deadline day so far
It has been a quiet deadline day for Celtic so far. The Hoops have not added any player to their squad.
However, that could change if Atsu makes the move to Celtic Park.
The Hoops have lost two wingers this transfer window. Scott Sinclair has left and Lewis Morgan has joined Inter Miami.
Hoops in need of a winger
The likes of the aforementioned Johnston, and Mohamed Elyounoussi are injury absences. That is why the Hoops need to sign a winger.
Only time will tell if that player is Atsu.
Perhaps if he does well the move can be converted from a loan deal to a permanent one. But a loan move seems sensible in case the player doesn’t live up to expectations.