Celtic January transfer news LIVE: Henderson joins Italian side Bari
Henderson signs for Bari
Liam Henderson has left Celtic to join Italian outfit Bari on a permanent deal, the Scottish champions have confirmed.
A product of the club’s youth system, Henderson made a total of 36 appearances for the Bhoys, scoring three goals, but struggled to nail down a regular place in the team.
The 21-year-old midfielder had been on trial with the Serie B club, who are managed by World Cup winner Fabio Grosso, and makes the move to the continent where he will hope to kick-start his career.
Bhoys make £2.5m bid for Besiktas defender
Celtic have made a €3 million (£2.5m) bid for Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic, reports Turkish outlet Aksam.
According to the report, the Scottish champions have made an offer for the 32-year-old centre-back, but Besiktas are holding out for €4m.
Tosic, who is a Serbia international, counts Werder Bremen among his former clubs and played in England for Queens Park Rangers in 2010.
Celtic are said to be on the look-out for defensive reinforcements this January and are already short in the department, having let Erik Sviatchenko join Midtjylland on loan.
Celtic linked with want-away Rodwell
Celtic have been linked with Jack Rodwell as the England international nears an exit from Sunderland, reports the Sunderland Echo.
Former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Rodwell reportedly wishes to depart the Black Cats and the club are said to have informed him that he can leave as a free agent.
Celtic were previously thought to be considering a loan move for the 26-year-old, but wages were a sticking point.
Sviatchenko joins Midtjylland on loan
Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has re-joined Midtjylland on loan for the rest of the season.
The Denmark international joined the Hoops in 2016 after winning one league title in eight seasons at the club, and has returned to his former team after failing to appear in any league games for Celtic in 2017-18.
Sviatchenko is hoping the move can help boost his chances of making Denmark’s squad for the World Cup following the Danes’ 5-1 aggregate defeat of the Republic of Ireland in the playoffs. The 26-year-old has played 42 Scottish Premiership games for Celtic, lifting the title in each of his first two seasons.
“I knew I should find a new club and I have had more options,” Sviatchenko told the Danish club’s official website. “When I had to choose, I did not doubt that I wanted to go back to Midtjylland – my heart’s club, my youth club. It’s a really exciting project, and I’m really looking forward to playing the Danish championship.”
Celtic keen on Baker loan
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan for the rest of the season, reports the Daily Mail .
Baker is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, but hasn’t featured in the Championship since the end of September and new boss Tony Pulis is considering sending the 22-year-old back to Stamford Bridge.
Rodgers is also keen on Baker’s Chelsea team-mate Charly Musonda, but Antonio Conte’s side would prefer to send the winger to another Premier League club on loan.
Crystal Palace join Dembele hunt
Crystal Palace are keen to add Celtic striker Moussa Dembele to their ranks, according to the Scottish Sun .
France Under-21 international Dembele has been linked with a number of clubs during the January transfer window, with Brighton also believed to be interested in signing the striker, who is valued at £20 million.
And Palace have reportedly joined the race, with Roy Hodgson said to be eager to improve his side’s attacking prowess.
Bhoys linked with Schalke striker
Celtic are interested in signing Schalke striker Franco di Santo, according to a report in the Daily Record .
According to the newspaper, reports in Germany indicate that the Scottish champions are lining up a bid for the 28-year-old as ‘insurance’ should Moussa Dembele leave Celtic Park.
Di Santo, who is an Argentina international, counts Chelsea, Werder Bremen and Wigan Athletic among his former clubs.
Arsenal youngster on Celtic radar
Arsenal defender Krystian Bielik is on Celtic’s radar as the Scottish champions look to seal a loan move, according to a report in the Daily Record .
The 20-year-old spent a portion of last season on loan at Championship outfit Birmingham City and is said to be keen on a temporary move away from the Emirates in order to get first-team football.
The Bhoys are reportedly in the market for defensive reinforcements this January, but they will face competition for Bielik, who has also been linked with a return to his former club Legia Warsaw.