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Celtic suffer Adam Idah transfer blow

Adam Idah seems highly unlikely to be part of Celtic’s pre-season plans with new Norwich City boss Johannes Hoff Thorup looking to assess the striker up close.

That is the news this morning from Anthony Joseph, the Sky Sports reporter is a Celtic fan and a fairly reliable news source.

It isn’t quite shock, horror news that Norwich are wanting to take a closer look at a striker that scored nine vital goals out on loan, it could be a marker being put down for future transfer negotiations.

If Celtic were to put an offer of around £6m on the table it could kick-start negotiations, an alternative could be to offer a Benfica type deal to the Championship side.

The Portuguese side seem quite prepared to let home developed players move on provided that there is a 30% sell on fee. That seems quite aggressive but it only comes into effect if the player is highly successful such as Jota.

Idah is currently on international duty with Ireland, he’ll get some time off then report for pre-season training at Norwich ahead of the Championship season starting on August 10/11.

Celtic have friendlies against Ayr United and Queens Park which will probably involve non-internationalists before heading to the United States for three high profile matches against DC United, Manchester City and Chelsea on July 21, 24 and 27.

Brendan Rodgers will be keen to have new signings settling in during those matches even though the transfer window remains open until the end of August.

If Idah isn’t signed up it will mean that Kyogo Furuhashi and Oh Hyeon-gyu will be the strikers to work with, it seems fairly clear that Rodgers doesn’t see much of a future for the South Korean.

With signing Joe Hart’s successor a priority there should be activity on going through the close season, with Mark Lawwell no longer involved it seems clear that Rodgers will be the main driver of transfer business.

The reported stance from Norwich is a slight blow, the decision that Celtic have to take is whether they wait to see how things work out for Idah or make a move for another striker.

Serious interest in another striker might bring forward a definite decision from Norwich on whether they want to keep their Irish striker or cash in when his stock is very high.

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