Shane Duffy looks set to leave Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, with the Daily Record reporting Celtic have started talks about signing the defender.
Duffy is considering his options having fallen down the pecking order at Brighton. Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster and new signing, Joel Veltman, are all now ahead of him for a place at centre-back.
Duffy is a boyhood Hoops fan and the Scottish champions are hoping to use that to lure him north of the border on loan. It’s believed it would cost around £2m to sign the Republic of Ireland international on a temporary basis.
However, they face competition for Duffy from the Premier League. Burnley and West Ham United are also thought to be keen on the 28-year-old. As are newly promoted duo, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion,
Duffy worked under West Ham manager, David Moyes, at Everton after graduating from their academy. It’s therefore believed the Hammers have the edge over their other English counterparts.
The quartet would all have more financial power to land Duffy permanently. Although it isn’t clear exactly how much the Seagulls would want in that scenario.
Why Sheffield United should consider Shane Duffy
Sky Sports reports that the Blades are in the market for a right-sided central defender ahead of the next season.
Chris Basham started every league match there in 2019/20, but at 32-years-old adequate cover and competition is needed.
Of course, finding players to operate in Basham and Jack O’Connell’s roles under Chris Wilder is a little more difficult than usual.
That is because they play in the now famous overlapping centre-back positions. Whomever is selected there is expected to be just as adept going forwards in attack as they are defensively without the ball.
While Duffy obviously hasn’t played in this role himself, there are signs of potential. Although the Irishman only managed 19 league appearances last term, many of those were in a back three.
Duffy also has experience as a right-back, suggesting that he isn’t averse to getting forwards. Added to that the fact he has played almost 100 times in the Premier League and he looks a decent option.