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01st Feb 2024

Liverpool reject late €17.5m bid for Caoimhín Kelleher as Adam Idah heads for Celtic

Patrick McCarry

Caoimhin Kelleher

The Ireland international would have stepped straight in as a starter, too.

Liverpool have rejected a €17.5 million bid from Nottingham Forest for goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, on the final day of the January transfer window.

Forest are 16th in the Premier League table but only two points clear of the relegation zone. They have conceded 40 goals in 22 league games and USA international Matt Turner has not convinced in the No.1 role.

Kelleher would definitely have been in with a shout to start the final few months of the season for his new club, but Liverpool are keen to keep him around until the summer, at least. Forest have been one of the more active Premier League sides in a strangely quiet transfer window but The Daily Mail report no deal is forthcoming.

As a consolation for Kelleher, aside from the obvious one of being in demand, Liverpool are set to use him in more Europa League games, and the League Cup final against Chelsea. On that game, Jürgen Klopp commented, “Caoimhin is a top, top goalie and when Ali is fit, then he doesn’t have a lot of games, I want to give him desperately the opportunity to play. This competition I told Alisson before the season, two years ago actually… that’s how it works (it’s Kelleher’s competition).”

Adam Idah and Caoimhin Kelleher. (Credit: Getty)

Adam Idah set for Celtic switch

Up in Scotland, Adam Idah is set to seal a switch to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.

The Ireland forward was in Glasgow today to tie up a loan switch. Idah has seven goals for Norwich, this season, and scored three goals for Ireland in 2023.

Former Norwich City and Celtic star, Chris Sutton hardly rolled out the red carpet for Adam Idah, however, writing:

“Celtic is going to be a very difficult and different experience for him, if that gets finalised. You have to robust mentally to cope with life in Glasgow. My fear is that Idah will struggle to displace Celtic’s other strikers and isn’t any better than Oh Hyeon-gyu.

“He is a development player and I’m not sure that is what Celtic need either right now. I really hope he knows what he is getting himself into… I’ve done so many columns on Idah over the years. He has so much going for him; he’s strong, quick and has a great physical profile, but it always feels like he could give more. He doesn’t throw his weight around enough.”

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