Report: Celtic would only have to pay £200,000 for Osaze Urhoghide

By Euan Davidson

July 1, 2021

A report from the Daily Record claims that Celtic are to beat Leeds, Benfica and more to defender Osaze Urhoghide.

The Daily Record state that talks have taken place between Celtic and the defender. Uroghide has made 19 Championship appearances, at just 20 years of age [Transfermarkt]. Recently at Sheffield Wednesday, Urhoghide was a teammate of new Bhoy Liam Shaw.

The report goes on to say that a host of clubs were keen to land the centre-back. Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon have all been keen on the Owls defender.

Similar to Liam Shaw, a compensation fee would need to be agreed between the two clubs. But that would cost just £200,000.

Additional reporting from the Sheffield Star states that Urhoghide turned down advances from Portugal and Belgium. Incidentally, Celtic play their first pre-season friendly against – who else – Sheffield Wednesday.

At the very least, it’s an interesting move. While scouting Liam Shaw, it’s obvious that Celtic recruitment heads came away impressed with the defender. Urhoghide can play anywhere across a back-four, providing versatility that hugely helps a rebuild to the scale of Celtic’s.

Osaze Urhoghide has exciting potential for Celtic

You have to commend Sheffield Wednesday for their commitment to playing young players. Ultimately, it didn’t work for them in 20-21, with the Owls dropping to League One. Manager Darren Moore will now be anxious to replace some key players, with Shaw already at Celtic, and the likes of Jordan Rhodes on expiring deals.

Osaze Urhoghide in action for the Owls / (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Also, it’s impossible to imagine anything other than utter dismay from Owls fans. They’re on the cusp of losing a second talented youngster to Celtic, and their club’s inability to hold onto their own Academy products will be a huge concern at Hillsborough.

Where would Urhoghide fit in at Celtic? It’s genuinely impossible to know. We need defenders, and in numbers. But his comparative lack of experience might mean that he’s initially used sparingly.

Once Postecoglou gets a look, we’ll know for sure. But it’s a surprising turn of events, on an already busy day at Celtic.

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