Leeds to rival Celtic in race to sign Brentford captain Romain Sawyers

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CELTIC face competition from Leeds Utd in the pursuit of Brentford captain Romain Sawyers. The Scottish Champions and Treble Treble winners has an initial bid of around £1.5million turned down by the Griffin Park club but indications were that they were willing to sell if their transfer valuation – believed to be around £2million was met.

Lenny is prepared to go higher as he looks to re-shape his Celtic squad which has seen around a dozen players depart since the season ended in May at Hampden Park when Celtic won the Scottish Cup to complete a winning run of nine trophies in a row.

Neil Lennon’s hopes to sign the Brentford midfielder were boosted after the London club signed Mathias Jensen. Brentford were keen to get their replacement signed before agreeing to sell Romain Sawyers, a rather wise policy that Celtic seem to have overlooked when it comes to recruiting a right back or two.

Unbelievably Celtic finished last season with FOUR recognised right backs – Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa, Jerry Toljan and Anthony Ralston. Today, only Ralston is at the club. Losing three recognised right-backs with no sign of a replacement leaves a glaring hole in the Celtic squad.

Last night to looked like Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith was on his way to fill this gap. The Daily Record then told us that he’d instead decided to sign for Stoke City but in actual fact the player stayed put in Austria, awaiting developments.

Now the Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to enter the bidding for Sawyers as he prepares his side for another charge towards the Premier League.

The 27 year old captain played 46 times for Brentford last season and is about to go into the final year of his contract. The player has indicated that he wants a move and will not sign a new contract to remain at Griffin Park so is likely to be sold shortly.

Celtic were in pole position but now Leeds Utd have emerged as contenders. It’s time to move a bit faster on these deal surely?

Meanwhile Niall J remembered Celtic’s trip to Brentford in July 2013 on The Celtic Star over the weekend. It was a fantastic read and if you missed it you can catch up HERE.

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