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Celtic Set Sights On Spurs Star Over A Potential Transfer: Why They Must Make It Happen

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Joe Hart is not the only Tottenham Hotspur player Celtic have identified over a summer move. According to Glasgow Live, the Hoops are also eyeing a move for centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers who has entered the final year of his Spurs contract. But they are not alone in the race as the likes of Norwich City, Newcastle United and Bournemouth have kept close tabs on his situation at the Lane.

The 23-year-old USMNT international joined the Lilywhites at the age of 11. He shone through their youth ranks but only managed 4 cup appearances back in the 2016-17 campaign. Loan spells with Sheffield United, Ipswich Town, Swansea City, Stoke City, Luton Town and Bournemouth helped him develop his attributes in the Championship. However, the youngster wants a permanent solution now over yet another temporary stint.

Spurs are undergoing a squad reshuffle and the exit of Juan Foyth and Toby Alderweireld depicts the necessity of reinforcements ahead of the new season. They have set a valuation of £5m on the academy graduate – a stance that suggests he is surplus to requirements in North London. Also, the arrival of Cristian Romero would inject quality in deep defence alongside Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez.

Celtic target Cameron Carter-Vickers in action against Wycombe
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Why Celtic Should Go For Cameron Carter-Vickers

Celtic have received a significant financial boost from Kristoffer Ajer’s move to Brentford. They have spent a few million on Carl Starfelt, also the emergence of Stephen Welsh hands Ange Postecoglou a defensive boost amid Christopher Jullien’s injury absence. Nir Bitton is being viewed as a centre-back, but his marching order at Celtic Park forced the gaffer to bank on 18-year-0ld Dane Murray in the return leg fixture versus Midtjylland.

Carter-Vickers is hailed for his physicality, composure with the ball on his feet, ability to retain possession and playing it out from the deep. He is suited for various defensive set-ups and the experience gathered in the second tier would help him make the next career step if a transfer to Parkhead takes place later this month.

The Hoops, meanwhile, endured a dreadful start with successive defeats against Midtjylland and Hearts. They are already knocked out from the Champions League whereas a setback in the Premiership against newly-promoted Jambos must have led to anxiety ahead of locking horns with Czech outfit Jablonec in the Europa League qualifiers. The squad rebuild is still in progress north of the border and the signing of Carter-Vickers might resolve the frailty to some extent in the defensive third.

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