Celtic are in ‘ongoing’ negotiations as they look to complete Cameron Carter-Vickers’ permanent switch from Tottenham Hotspur and the defender is ‘happy’ at Parkhead, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Bhoys are eager to see Carter-Vickers remain north of the border after initially signing him on a season-long loan from Spurs last August.
What’s the latest news involving Carter-Vickers?
It appears Celtic are on the brink of reaching an agreement with Tottenham as, according to American media outlet SBI Soccer, the club are in advanced talks over a permanent deal for Carter-Vickers.
The report suggests the Scottish Premiership table-toppers are in pole position to strike a deal worth up to £10million with add-ons despite Premier League sides Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Watford also expressing an interest in the eight-cap United States international.
Burnley have also joined the race for Carter-Vickers’ signature and could look to beat the Glasgow giants to the punch unless they manage to rubber-stamp the deal quickly.
It is understood that those in the 24-year-old’s camp believe remaining at Celtic is the best option as he has enjoyed the finest period of his career since heading to Parkhead.
Chief executive Michael Nicholson has been put in charge of negotiating Carter-Vickers’ permanent switch to Parkhead despite manager Ange Postecoglou being branded the ‘chairman of the board in terms of football recruitment’ by owner Dermot Desmond.
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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Carter-Vickers?
O’Rourke believes Celtic are still locked in discussions as they look to seal the deal for Carter-Vickers.
The journalist understands the loanee is open to the possibility of extending his stay at Parkhead beyond the end of the current campaign.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s still ongoing, this one. Celtic want to get it done and I think Carter-Vickers is quite happy. He’s enjoying his time up at Celtic as well.”
Why are Celtic keen to sign Carter-Vickers permanently?
Celtic are closing in on the Scottish Premiership title and Carter-Vickers has played a key role in his loan club’s success.
He has already won the first piece of silverware of his career – the Scottish League Cup – since swapping the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Parkhead and made 42 appearances after making a starting berth in Ange Postecoglou’s backline his own.
The level of Carter-Vickers’ performances have been emphasised by the fact Chris Sutton was outraged when the centre-half was not among the nominees for the Scottish Premiership’s PFA Player of the Year award, with the former striker suggesting he has been ‘the best player in Scotland this season’.