After Birmingham City failed in a bid to turn Riley McGree’s loan move into a permanent deal after failing to strike up a deal with Charlotte, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough were alerted to the availability of the attacking Australian international midfielder.
It was expected that he would move to one of the English clubs after both made bids of £2m on Friday evening with Boro being slight favourites after offering a more lucrative deal with add on’s.
Celtic and Ange Postecoglou who will know the player well surprised both English clubs with a £2.5m offer late last night and are now in pole position to sign McGee if they can trash out a deal to include add on’s for Charlotte.
Celtic is the preferred destination of the player and if the clubs shake on a deal then all that is left will be personal terms for the player and his representatives to accept.
At the moment there is no confirmation that Forest or Boro have offered a better deal than Celtic.