Celtic made a contract offer to West Ham midfielder Conor Coventry but their hit for him failed this week, Football insider can reveal.
The Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 international put the pen on paper for a new three-and-a-half-year Hammers deal on Friday, announced yesterday morning.
A Celtic source said Football insider the club tried to lure Coventry, 19, north of the border before committing to the new West Ham deal.
The Scottish giants offered a deal to the central midfielder that he would see him make a permanent move to Parkhead in the summer when his previous Irons contract expired.
Coventry was attracted to the possibility of a free transfer to such a historic club, where there is also a strong Irish connection.
But the London teenager decided to entrust his future to the club he joined for the first time at the age of 10.
He made it clear that he wants to settle on the West Ham first team rather than try his luck elsewhere.
The Premier League outfit had a long contract with Coventry before the turning point in negotiations this week.
It means disappointment for Celtic, who had hoped to exploit his free agent status in the summer if the stalemate continued.
Coventry is considered a rising star but has only two appearances in the West Ham first team to his credit, both of which made it to the League Cup.
He is the captain and the centerpiece of the club’s Under 23 team and has already played all 90 minutes in 13 of these games already this season.
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