CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS was one of three Deadline Day signings in the summer window.
The American defender joined Celtic on a year-long loan with the option to buy inserted into the Spurs loanee’s contract. The fee is disputed to be between £6-10 million.
Celtic have been reportedly negotiating with the London club about structuring a possible deal, but ultimately the player has the final decision.
Before joining the side north of the border, Vickers was keen on moving to Newcastle, reports the Athletic.
Kieran Devlin was asked about CCV’s future and replied: “Nothing new, really. Celtic have first say with their option-to-buy and they definitely want him, but ultimately it’ll be down to the player I believe.
“Newcastle was his preference in August but their interest wasn’t serious enough, so when Spurs called Celtic and offered them him on deadline day they readily accepted – they’d enquired about a loan with option-to-buy earlier that month but Spurs initially rejected it wanting only a permanent move, but by deadline day they just wanted him out the squad.
“Not sure how that’s changed and wouldn’t want to speculate – whether he now feels at home at Celtic or whether his performances attracting EPL attention will swivel his head.”
However, the move didn’t surface, and the player made a deadline day move to Celtic.
There have been murmuring that several English clubs are interested in bringing the defender to their clubs in the summer, despite Celtic having first say. If Cameron is still keen on an English Premier League move, Celtic may permanently miss out on signing the player.
If this is to be the case, Celtic must find alternatives.
Chris Jullien and Stephen Welsh are part of the squad.
Jullien has recently come back from 14 months on the sidelines, and he is still finding fitness after his injury. The Frenchman’s contract expires next summer (2023), meaning he will be entering the final twelve months of his deal at the end of the season. Should Celtic be proactive and extend his contract?
Stephen Welsh was recently denied the opportunity to test himself in Italy, and the Hoops had to knock back bids from Udinese. Could this mean the club have plans to use him in the future, is it known that Carter-Vickers could hold off for an EPL move?