Celtic are facing a fight to keep Cameron Carter-Vickers permanently because Newcastle United have entered the race for the signature of the American defender.
Champions are waiting has the option to buy Carter-Vickers from Tottenham for a fee of just under £10m with add-ons making him the most expensive player in the club’s history.
However, a report from the United States says that cash-rich Magpies are abound in the 24-year-old market.
Eddie Howe’s assistant at St James’s Park Jason Tindall enjoyed a good relationship with Carter-Vickers when he was boss at Bournemouth when the powerful centre-back was loaned there last season.
The allure of the English Premier League can be overwhelming – especially when the Warblers have plenty of money to spend after the Saudi takeover.
But Newcastle were not the only suitors. The Cherries are returning to England for a flight and they are keen to have him back while Southampton are also interested.
American football firm SBI says a source close to the player has revealed that Newcastle United are interested if the buyout clause is not activated by Celtic.
British-born Carter-Vickers has been restricted by the US eight times, but not often in recent times.
With the World Cup coming up in Qatar this winter, he may see a move to the world’s best tournament as key to his international chances.
Celtic also have the option to buy Jota from Benfica for a fee of around £6.5 million but it is known that the Lisbon club have asked for a 30% sale clause in the deal.