Report claims Celtic has agreed deal to sign Man Utd goalkeeper Altay Bayindir

According to a Turkish report, goalkeeper Altay Bayindir is wanted by Celtic as Joe Hart’s successor with one outlet claiming that the deal is done…

Altay Bayindir of Manchester United fails to save the shot of Bryn Morris of Newport County which results in their first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Newport County and Manchester United at Rodney Parade on January 28, 2024.. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Bayindir is currently contracted to Manchester United after joining the Red Devils from Fenerbahçe last season. He has struggled for game time, having to fight for his place against Andre Onana, so it’s no surprise that the club may look to move him on. He is a Turkish international at 26 years old, having been capped for his national team eight times throughout his career.

Turkish news outlet Aksam is reporting that the deal is done, with the goalkeeper set to join on a four-year deal, but that seems to be overly speculative at the moment.

Altay Bayindir of Manchester United looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Newport County and Manchester United at Rodney Parade on January 28, 2024. (Photo by Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)

Considering he joined United for £4.3m, they would likely be looking for a decent bit of compensation for the transfer as well.

Links with multiple goalkeepers were always going to happen as soon as we knew that Joe Hart planned to retire. Brendan Rodgers has most certainly started his search for a new number one, but if anything is concrete, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Altay Bayındır of Fenerbahce reacts during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 leg one match between Sevilla FC and Fenerbahce at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on March 09, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

We can rule some names out though – like Koen Casteels. The Belgian is now set to join Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League after leaving Wolfsburg as a free agent. He was apparently a name that the Celts were keen on but it would appear we either haven’t moved fast enough or have been beaten to the finish line.

Caoimhin Kelleher dives during the UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and Toulouse at Anfield on October 26, 2023.(Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

We’ve also been linked to goalkeepers like Caoimhin Kelleher consistently throughout the 23/24 season, but some more experienced names such as Alex McCarthy have also been thrown in the ring.

Jessica Elliott

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