Reports indicate Celtic-linked Omar Colley is heading to the English Premier League

By John McGinley

October 3, 2020

The situation of Celtic target Omar Colley looks set to be resolved before Monday’s transfer deadline but it’s unlikely he’ll be moving to Scotland, SampNews24 has reported this weekend.

Curiously, Colley was left out of last night’s Sampdoria squad against Fiorentina in Serie A.

SampNews24 say they’ve spoken to his agent who has confirmed the centre-half could leave the Italian club before the window shuts.

However, it’s not Celtic in pole position for his signature.

Sampdoria defender Omar Colley / (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Italian outlet reports that the English Premier League is his likely destination and that Fulham are the ones leading a group of top-flight clubs interested in his services.

Colley was first linked to the Scottish champions back in August but in truth the move has always seemed unlikely givens some of the figures involved.

Sky Sports did report as recently as last month that the champions had made an enquiry for the player.

The Bhoys have already committed a serious amount of money to strengthen Neil Lennon’s squad this year so shelling out a high seven-figure or even an eight-figure fee for a central defender was never going to happen.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

That cash-rich English sides are now in the hunt will be no surprise to anyone following this interest throughout the summer and autumn.

A move for the 12-cap Gambian international would make more sense if we were saying goodbye to a talent like Kristoffer Ajer.

However, comments made by Neil Lennon this weekend indicate there will be no big departures from Celtic Park during this window.

If we can add a left-back to the squad before Monday and keep ahold of our best players, I’ll be a happy man.

In other news, Celtic have still not made a third bid for Alfie Doughty.