Celtic have been linked with a move for, soon to be free agent, Ryan Fraser. Many fans felt this was a pipe dream due to the finances involved, however, the bookies have now slashed their odds on the AFC Bournemouth winger joining the Hoops.
Aberdeen born Fraser enjoyed a spell with his hometown club at Pittodrie, before joining Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. He has impressed on the south coast and courted the attention of some big clubs in England. The Cherries put a stop to any move last year and Fraser subsequently refused to sign a contract extension with the club, whilst he has also refused to play in any matches in case he gets injured!
The absence of a transfer fee does mean that his wages become easier to afford for a club like Celtic. Nevertheless, the Hoops would still be well short of what a top English Premiership club could offer. That said, the bookmakers have now made Fraser favourite to sign for Celtic over any other club.
A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “Ryan Fraser was wanted by England’s big six last summer, until Bournemouth blocked his exit – meaning he’s basically been on a gap year since. Football is a fickle game, and those same clubs appear to now being looking elsewhere, leaving the door wide open for Celtic to land a big signing – albeit not literally, bless him.”
The Irish bookmaker have Celtic at odds of 7/4 in terms of signing Fraser. This price is alongside Everton as the favourites. Other prices are as follows: Arsenal 11/4, Tottenham 8/1, Leicester 8/1.
Whether these odds reflect reality or mean a deal is likely is up for debate, but it can only be encouraging news for Celtic fans.