Celtic uninterested in selling Matt O’Riley amid West Ham United links

Celtic will not entertain offers for 23-year-old Danish international Matt O’Riley, a target for many Premier League clubs, including West Ham United.

According to a report by Football Insider, Matt O’Riley is the subject of interest from West Ham United. The Hammers want to sign the 23-year-old midfielder in the January transfer window. But Celtic will not entertain offers for him this winter while demanding over £25 million when they part ways with him.

Who is Matt O’Riley?

Matt O’Riley has come leaps and bounds since joining Celtic from MK Dons nearly 18 months ago. A graduate of Fulham’s youth division, he had to wait until moving to Celtic Park to rise in prominence. The youngster, a native of London, was eligible to play for England but has chosen to represent Denmark on the international stage.

The 23-year-old made his Denmark debut last month and has made one appearance for the country. Meanwhile, he is enjoying an excellent 2023/24 campaign, contributing to 17 goals in 26 appearances. O’Riley has found the back of the net nine times while providing eight assists.

The former Fulham midfielder’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with several Premier League clubs setting their sights on him. Recent reports have linked O’Riley with English heavyweights like Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. But West Ham United have the most concrete interest in him.

West Ham United Plot Matt O’Riley Swoop

West Ham’s interest in Matt O’Riley is somewhat surprising, considering they heavily bolstered their midfield unit in the summer transfer window. But Lucas Paqueta’s future remains uncertain, with the threat of a betting ban also looming on his head. In addition, Tomas Soucek might leave West Ham amid an impasse in contract renewal talks.

Matt O’Riley has thus emerged as a viable target for West Ham United. But a move in the January transfer window is not on the cards. Celtic will not entertain any offers for the 23-year-old midfielder. In addition, the Danish international is committed to the Scottish giants.

Celtic will demand a club-record fee of over £25 million when the time comes to sell him. But a winter sale is not on the horizon, with neither the club nor the player looking to part ways with him.

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