There’s a report in the Star today that Newcastle are interested in Celtic center-back Jozo Simunovic, the 22 year-old 6ft 3in Croatian U21 International.
The transfer fee for the youngster is said to be £6M with relegation strugglers Sunderland and Crystal Palace also said to be interested in the player, who has played for all the Croatian Youth sides.
Of course it’s difficult to judge players in Scotland especially when they play for Celtic, so dominant are the Scottish giants these days north of the border.
Celtic are a full 19 points above the next placed side – you got t – it’s Rangers, the other Glasgow side back again in Scotland’s top flight.
This is the second season for Simunovic at Celtic after he signed on from Dynamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2015.
He has so far played 35 times for Celtic with a single goal.
Brendan Rodgers does not want to let his Croatian center-back leave the club, as he tries to build a side that can compete more successfully in Europe in the future.
Newcastle do not need a center-back brought in this month, but Rafa Benitez will be looking at bringing in another center-back in the summer, because he is likely to allow Chancel Mbemba to leave the club.
At that time Jozo Simunovic could become a potential transfer target when we are hopefully back again in the Premier League.
What do you think?