Celtic did not play well at Murrayfield last night in the second round of their Champions League qualifying round against Polish club Legia Warsaw, and they were beaten 2-0 and lost on aggregate 6-1.
Virgil van Dijk – available for £8M
So Celtic are out of the Champions League at the first hurdle, and that could mean Newcastle United could be in with a decent chance of signing center-back target Virgil van Dijk, who was a target of ours two years ago, but the 23 year-old moved to Celtic last summer from Groningen for £2.6M.
And there has been news this week that Newcastle have been quoted a fee of £8M from Celtic to sign the Netherlands U21 player, who stands 6ft 4ins tall.
Newcastle tried to strengthen their central defense last summer when Derek LLambias had Douglas from FC Twente all ready to sign – but then Joe Kinnear was appointed the Director of Football and he nullified the deal, which caused Derek to immediately resign.
Joe was sacked in early February and Lee Charnley has become the Managing Director, and let’s just say that Lee doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.
Charnley has already brought in seven players so far this summer, to the delight of Alan Pardew, and with those two Nottingham Forest defenders – Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles – still to be announced – but it looks like that deal will be done – so that will be nine players so far this summer.
£8M for a player that cost only £2.6M twelve months ago may seem a lot of money, but we are hoping Newcastle will move in and get this deal done, because one weakness that is plain to see in this pre-season is our defense – and we conceded 59 goals in the Premier League last season, and a worst ever 68 goals in the previous season.
So it would be a terrific signing if Lee and the recruitment team can get Virgil to Tyneside.
Go for it.
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