Transfer Round-up – Hazard’s loan, £4m for Nisbet, Mooy’s Money and Ange to decide on Loan Bhoys

This morning’s transfer round-up after what turned out to be an eventful day yesterday with the ‘Red Flag’ signing of promising 20 year old Osaze Urhoghide, these kind of situations seem to annoy our ‘friends’ in the mainstream media somewhat, and the shoe what surprising decision (after what happened the previous day) to sign Leigh Griffiths up on that one year extension, apparently on reduced terms, to allow Ange Postecoglou the chance to see if he can get the former Scotland striker back to his goalscoring best.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

This morning Conor Hazard is being linked to another loan move to Dundee. The Northern Ireland goalkeeper had previously stated that he’d be looking for a move if he wasn’t going to be getting first team football at Celtic. That seems unlikely next season, especially with various keepers being linked to a move to the club and with Barkas and Bain already there, getting the first team gloves seem beyond Hazard at the moment.

Sending fringe players we want to keep out on loan to Scottish Premiership sides makes perfect sense, strengthening them for games against any title rivals we may have this season.

The interest in bringing Kevin Nisbet to the club looks like coming with a £4m cost as the beaten Scottish Cup Finalists always have an enhanced valuation on their players – and why shouldn’t they? Perhaps this will prove to be money well spent though.

Aaron Mooy, Shanghai Port FC competes during the 5th round match between Shanghai Port FC and Dalian Professional FC

Aaron Mooy will have to ‘do a Griffiths’ and take a wage cut if he’s going to get his move to Celtic. The former Huddersfield and Brighton midfielder is currently making big bucks in China but enduring difficult family circumstances as a result. The chance to play under his former Australian team boss at Celtic and to be re-united with his family might could for something on this one, which is in the promising category. Fingers crossed folks.

The story about Sheffield United being willing to sell right back George Baldock is one thing, dropping their price is another and even then the cost which would be around £8m (ie double the price for Nisbet) seems to point to better value being available elsewhere. Some of the sources for these Baldock stories aren’t as reliable as you’d like but in saying that the player has been on Celtic’s radar for a while and right back is an area that Postecoglou reckons needs immediate attention, so we can’t rule it out.

Bayo in action forToulouse vs Chateauroux – Ligue 2

The future of loan Bhoys Bayo, Shved and Bolingoli will be sorted out shortly with Ange making a call on each one. You suspect that he’d be looking to offload the three of them hopefully getting some of the transfer money – around £6m wasted – back.

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