Cherries starlet Ibe could resurrect his career with Bhoys
Jordon Ibe's disappointing spell with Bournemouth could be coming to an end this summer with Celtic vying to do a deal for his signature.
The 23-year-old has struggled to impose himself at Bournemouth since making a £15million switch from Liverpool three years ago.
He was restricted to just 19 appearances in the Premier League last term, having only started on nine occasions, and his future at the Vitality Stadium looks bleak.
Big things were expected of Ibe when he joined Liverpool from Wycombe at the age of 16 from the start of the 2012-13 season.
However, while he scored four goals in 58 appearances for the Reds and had loan spells with Birmingham City and Derby, Jurgen Klopp deemed him surplus to requirements in 2016.
Ibe featured heavily in his first two seasons with the Cherries, but gradually fell out of favour with boss Eddie Howe last term. And, with his current deal set to expire next summer, this window represents the club’s best chance to pick up a sizeable fee for him.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who worked with Ibe at Liverpool, was linked earlier in the transfer window, while several Championship clubs attempted to sign him on a season-long loan.
But with no move to an English club materialising before the August 8 deadline, Ibe can now only move to Scotland or Europe as the window there remains open for business until September 2.
Italian Serie A side Napoli have expressed an interest as they struggle in a bid to sign James Rodriguez, but it seems that Celtic are in the driving seat as Neil Lennon looks to bolster his forward options at Parkhead.
There is no doubt that Ibe would add some pace and creativity to the Bhoys’ side in the Scottish Premiership but the main obstacle to a deal appears the valuation.
Despite his underwhelming spell on the south coast, Bournemouth are believed to be looking to secure £20m for Ibe’s signature, which would be double Celtic’s current transfer record.
But, with Ibe inside the final year of his contract, there would no doubt be scope for negotiations because the Cherries will not want to lose him for virtually nothing next summer.