Sheffield Wednesday Chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, has revealed how close Celtic came to signing £10million striker, Jordan Rhodes, in January.
A report in The Scottish Sun explains how the Owls’ biggest issue is meeting Financial Fair Play obligations and despite Rhodes being deemed surplus to requirements, they are unable to just write the forward off because of the money they spent on him.
In the interview Chansiri details what moves have nearly came off for the Scotland international only to be blocked because of finance issues:
“Norwich wanted to take Jordan Rhodes last summer but only on a free transfer.
“This made no sense to us and would actually cause us more problems with FFP as we would have to pay all the outstanding balance on his transfer from Middlesbrough.
“So it was better for Jordan to stay here and try to make his way into the team and score some goals.
“My people also told me Celtic had supposedly made an offer but we demanded a very big loan fee that stopped the deal.
“Again, this is not true, there was no official approach or offer at all.”
So, despite reports claiming that Celtic had made an offer to take Rhodes on loan, Chansiri confirms that an offer wasn’t made, however, he also says that “his people” informed him that the Parkhead club had made an offer but were put off by the size of the loan fee being asked.
Neil Lennon had been linked with a few different strikers in the January transfer window because of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Leigh Griffiths and Lewis Morgan all showing that they weren’t up to the task of supporting Odsonne Edouard.
After signing Patryk Klimala for £3.5m, Lennon and Hoops fans in general will have been frustrated and delighted in equal measures about not seeing much of the Poland Under-21 international because of Leigh Griffith’s remarkable turnaround in form.
Rhodes will soon be entering the last year of his contract and at 30-years-old he could still do a job for another few years, however, even if Celtic decide to cash in on Edouard, it is unlikely to be in the famous green and white hoops.