Celtic place teenage Reading winger Michael Olise on list of potential transfer targets and are also keeping an eye on Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey following the Jam Tarts’ relegation from the SPL
- Celtic have placed Reading winger Michael Olise on their list of transfer targets
- The teenager made 14 appearances before the football season was suspended
- Neil Lennon’s side are also keeping an eye on the situation of Aaron Hickey
- The relegated Hearts full-back is out of contract with the Edinburgh side in 2021
Celtic have placed teenage Reading winger Michael Olise on a list of potential transfer targets.
And the Parkhead side are also keeping tabs on Aaron Hickey’s situation at relegated Hearts.
A France under-18 international, left-sided Olise made 14 appearances for the Royals before the lockdown forced football into cold storage.
Celtic have placed teenage Reading winger Michael Olise on a list of potential transfer targets
The Parkhead side are also keeping tabs on Aaron Hickey’s situation at relegated Hearts
Known to former Reading Director of Football Nicky Hammond, the 18-year-old had spells in the academies of Chelsea and Manchester City before joining Reading’s academy scholarship programme. The winger signed a three-year professional contract last July.
With wide man Jonny Hayes out of contract, Neil Lennon is also keen to extend the loan terms of Southampton duo Mohammed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster.
The manager is also thought to be watching the situation of highly-rated Hearts left-back Hickey.
A France under-18 international, Olise made 14 appearances for the Royals before lockdown
Unaffected by recent wage-cuts imposed by owner Ann Budge, the Scotland youth international is entering the final 12 months of his contract, with interest from Manchester City and Crystal Palace yet to crystallise into concrete bids.
Celtic previously had Hickey on their books and remain admirers of the 17-year-old.
Hearts face a damaging financial loss if clubs vote down the league reconstruction resolution which would preserve their Premiership status. Ann Budge is expected to outline her proposals to clubs before the weekend and, if it fails, the Scottish champions could land the teenage defender for considerably less than the £1.5million quoted previously.
Hickey is entering the final 12 months of his contract and has also interested Manchester City
Neil Lennon admitted his plans for the transfer window are up in the air amid the pandemic
With the lockdown landscape making the transfer window an unpredictable place manager Neil Lennon admits his plans are still up in the air.
‘We don’t know how the transfer window is going to look and what length of time it will be, and what the budget is going to be, and what other clubs’ budget is going to be as well.
‘I am really happy with the squad, I am not sure we need to do a lot of rebuilding at all, if at all.
‘But again you don’t know what the landscape is going to look like with bringing players in.’
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