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Celtic: Record-breaking £10m deal is the 'priority' at Parkhead

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will have drawn up a list of alternative options but has made acquiring Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur a ‘priority’, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Carter-Vickers made the move to Parkhead on a season-long loan last August, but it appears he is edging towards completing a permanent switch.

What’s the latest news involving Carter-Vickers?

According to American media outlet SBI Soccer, Celtic are in advanced talks over a permanent deal for Carter-Vickers despite additional interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Watford.

The report suggests the eight-cap United States international could cost the Hoops up to £10million if the deal goes through.

That would result in Carter-Vickers becoming Celtic’s club-record signing, usurping Odsonne Edouard at the top of the list.

It is understood that those in the 24-year-old’s camp believe remaining at Parkhead is the best option as the central defender has enjoyed the best period of his career since making the loan switch from Tottenham.

Chief executive Michael Nicholson has been put in charge of negotiating Carter-Vickers’ permanent switch north of the border despite Postecoglou being branded the ‘chairman of the board in terms of football recruitment’ by owner Dermot Desmond.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Carter-Vickers?

O’Rourke believes Postecoglou and those working on transfers behind the scenes will have identified alternative centre-back options in case they are unable to win the race for Carter-Vickers’ signature.

However, the journalist understands Celtic have made the Tottenham ace their number one target.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m sure Celtic have got a list of potential replacements if they’re not able to make this Carter-Vickers deal a permanent arrangement from Tottenham.

“But that’s the priority right now. They want to make this deal permanent.”

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Why do Celtic want to sign Carter-Vickers permanently?

Celtic were crowned the Scottish Premiership champions in midweek and there is no doubt that Carter-Vickers has more than played his part in the Bhoys’ success.

He has made one of the centre-back berths his own, having become one of the first names on the team-sheet.

The title joy has come after also clinching the Scottish League Cup earlier this season, which was the first piece of silverware Carter-Vickers had won during his career.

Iconic Celtic striker Chris Sutton was outraged when Carter-Vickers was not among the nominees for the Scottish Premiership’s PFA Player of the Year award, with the pundit suggesting he has been ‘the best player in Scotland this season’.

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