£20,000-a-week agreed – Defensive ace set for a move up north


Celtic must try to get Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers to sign for them this summer as Brendan Rodgers is reportedly disoriented over the future of Dedryck Boyata.

According to the Daily Record, Fulham is hoping to secure the Parkhead first teamer’s signature and Rodgers is keen to hold contract talks with him as sons as he returns from his break.

If Boyata was to depart Celtic Park, Rodgers would necessarily have to sign a new centre-back, and even if the Belgian stays, it should be an area of the squad that the Bhoys must look to reinforce.

USA international Carter-Vickers was very impressive during loan spells at both Sheffield United and Ipswich in the English Championship, playing 35 games across all competitions for both clubs.

The 20-year-old has been trying to break through to Mauricio Pochettino’s first team for quite a while now, but given the fact that Toby Alderweield does not seem to be moving anywhere anytime soon, the £20,000-a-week fringe player may continue to struggle for game-time at Anfield.

Celtic have been unable to complete any loan deals this summer due to the low output of bot Charly Musonda and Patrick Roberts last season, but Spurs are not a clubs that the Hoops have had dealings with recently and that could put Rodgers in a good position to strike a deal for Carter-Vickers on a temporary basis.

And even if that fails, Spurs should not drive a hard bargain if it comes with negotiating a permanent deal as the American defender is not exactly a crucial first team player.

Celtic really need to push on and improve their defensive squad this summer and with the added threat of losing Boyata, it is something that Rodgers must settle as soon as possible.