Middlesbrough make last-ditch move for Riley McGree with promotion contenders attempting to scupper Celtic’s £3m move for Australian international
- Middlesbrough are attempting to scupper Celtic’s move for Riley McGree
- The Australian international, 23, has been close to a move to the Scottish side
- However, Boro have offered MLS side Charlotte FC a further £2m for the star
- Ange Postecoglou has played a hands-on role in attempting to lure McGree
Middlesbrough have launched a last ditch move to beat Celtic to the signature of Australian international midfielder Riley McGree.
Sportsmail first reported a Parkhead move for the 23-year-old, with a deal worth £3million plus add-ons has been agreed with MLS expansion franchise Charlotte FC.
With an agreement on personal terms all but done, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou hoped to tie up a deal this week.
Middlesbrough are attempting to scupper Celtic’s move for Australian star Riley McGree
Desperate to secure promotion to the English Premier League, however, Boro have now countered with a bid worth £2m more – including add ons – and improved wages understood to be around £14,000 a week.
A fans’ favourite at Birmingham, the Socceroos international made 30 appearances and scored three goals prior to his loan period finishing at the end of December.
Capped seven times, countryman Postecoglu was the first to draft the playmaker into the national team set-up and took a hands-on role in persuading him to consider a move to Glasgow.
Celtic have already secured Japanese trio Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda as well as young Irish striker Johnny Kenny from Sligo Rovers.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has put in the hard yards to convince the 23-year-old to join
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