Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has dismissed speculation that Siriki Dembele is on the verge of leaving the English Championship side.
The 25-year-old has been linked to Celtic, Rangers, Fulham, Bournemouth, Wolves, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, among other teams. When he was left out of the matchday squad for Peterborough’s 2-2 draw against Birmingham City on Tuesday night, it was assumed by some that a move was imminent, but Ferguson says the forward was simply injured:
“Dembele, contrary to nonsense rumours about him being left out due to links with another club, was injured. Simple as that.”
If Dembele doesn’t leave the Posh before the transfer window closes on Monday, it would give Celtic a massive opportunity to sign the striker on a pre-contract agreement.
While foreign teams can already talk with the player about a free transfer, English clubs will have to wait until the summer to discuss a potential move.
Whether the Hoops will firm up their reported interest in Dembele, though, it is up for debate. Manager Ange Postecoglou already has the likes of Giorgos Giakoumakis, Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi who are all very capable center-forwards.