Insider ExWHUemployee has delivered his verdict on the battle between West Ham United and Celtic for Shane Duffy.
West Ham’s hopes of landing defender Duffy have looked increasingly bleak with his boyhood club Celtic coming to the fore.
West Ham and Celtic battle it out for Duffy
West Ham boss David Moyes and his Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon are desperate for defensive reinforcements.
That was never more evident for Celtic than in the 2-1 home defeat to Ferencvárosi which sent the Scottish giants crashing out of the Champions League last week.
West Ham fans were hoping – and Celtic fans feared – being dumped out of Europe could hand the Hammers the advantage in the race to sign Duffy.
But according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee, a move for Duffy is ‘very unlikely’.
Insider’s update on Duffy situation
“Looking unlikely at this point mate,” ExWHUemployee said when asked for an update on the Duffy situation.
Looking unlikely at this point https://t.co/1hgyQy3XIK
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 31, 2020
That hands the advantage to Celtic – who are reportedly close to agreeing a one-year loan deal for the Republic of Ireland international (Daily Mail).
Duffy has an emotional pull to West Ham and Celtic.
He may be a boyhood Hoops fan but dad Brian, who sadly passed away aged just 53 in May, was a West Ham ‘fanatic’ (The Sun).
Sinclair joins fellow Hammers legend in urging defender to choose Celtic
If Duffy needed any help making a decision, West Ham legend and Celtic supporter Trevor Sinclair was on hand.
And much to the disappointment of Hammers supporters Sinclair urged Duffy to join Celtic.
“(Co)Mon Duffy, get yourself to Paradise,” Sinclair told Duffy on Twitter.
Mon Duffy, get yourself to paradise 🍀
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) August 31, 2020
Sinclair is not the first West Ham legend with Celtic connections who has urged Duffy to snub the Hammers.
Frank McAvennie told Football Insider to join Celtic if he wants to win titles.
The ex Hammers favourite stated Duffy would only join West Ham over Celtic for money.