Report: Celtic tried to sign winger Josh Murphy in January

By John McGinley

February 5, 2020

Celtic tried to sign Cardiff City winger Josh Murphy in January, BBC Sport have reported on Wednesday.

The broadcaster believe that Neil Lennon’s Scottish champions tabled a loan-to-buy offer for the 24-year-old less than two years after he made an £11m switch to Cardiff from Norwich City.

However, it was rejected.

Murphy has scored just five goals for the English Championship side since making that big-money move (Transfermarkt) and it seems that Celtic believed they could help him reach his full potential.

Celtic were in need of a left-winger in the final days of the transfer window after homegrown talent Mikey Johnston was ruled out for up to three months after an injury sustained against St Johnstone.

Murphy ticks that box, also playing dozens of matches on the right flank (Transfermarkt).

A summer return?

The Cardiff attacker has made 20 appearances this term and while he’s been on the bench more often than not over the last couple of months, his career in Wales looks far from over.

Nonetheless, he’s a player clearly keeping in mind over the next few months. Celtic have seen enough of him to make a reported offer that could eventually have become permanent.

That no doubt involved a lot of scouting and homework in Nick Hammond’s department.

Celtic target Josh Murphy / (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With Cardiff having made such a heavy investment in him they’ll want him to come good but they may also rethink their priorities in the summer window and allow Celtic to follow up their interest.

If we don’t manage to sign up Mohamed Elyounoussi to the cause come the end of his loan from Southampton, perhaps it’ll be Murphy we turn to for a bit of magic on the left-wing.