Buy young, sell at the height of their careers — it is the model of success for Celtic football club. It is also the model that manager Brendan Rodgers clearly believes in as well.
Afte securing a move for 21-year-old starlet Moussa Dembele over the summer, Rodgers’ interests on the transfer market have largely been placed on younger outfield talent.
Celtic made it two young players in under Rodgers with the signing of Kouassi Eboué earlier this month. However, he may not be done with transfers for young African players during this January transfer window.
The name of Henry Onyekuru has been one circling on the transfer rumor market most of the month, and Celtic were interested enough to put in a £1 million bid for him. That bid was rebuffed by Belgian side KAS Eupen, saying the player wasn’t for sale.
Since then, things have escalated quickly on the players front. He reportedly went AWOL on Thursday for KAS Eupen’s Juliper League contest.
It appears he wants to attempt to force a transfer away from the club and has had some help in deciding on the move from former Stoke City midfielder Peter Odemwingie.
“I am interested in joining Celtic because their offer is good,” Onyekuru said in the Daily Mail.
“But also I am more convinced to join them after I got advice from “senior man” Osaze Odemwingie.”
The fellow Nigerian has told tales of Celtic’s history and great ability to develop players it seems.
Rodgers was asked about the players comments and he had nothing but good things to say in return.
‘He is a fantastic player with big attributes, but we’ll see how it develops over the next few days,” said Rodgers.
Will Celtic be able to get the club to budge from its higher valuation of Onyekuru? Has the player’s AWOL move given the club the hint that he doesn’t want to be there anymore?
If both are true, look for Celtic to secure a move for another intriguing young player from Africa. The move would also make Rodgers’ words of wanting to dip further in to the African player market mean a lot more.
With just a few days left in the January transfer window this deal is going to be one to watch to say the least.