FTN: Latest on Dedryck Boyata, Courtois and Rodriguez

Dedryck Boyata
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 28: Dedryck Boyata of Belgium is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Two days remain in this summer’s football transfer window for Premier League clubs to get their business done. In this edition of Football Transfer News, we look at news concerning Dedryck Boyata, Courtois and Jay Rodriguez. These last two days of the transfer window look like being very busy! Don’t forget to catch Football Transfer News every day from Last Word on Football.

Football Transfer News: Latest on Boyata, Courtois and Rodriguez

Boyata’s Fulham Move Denied

As Dedryck Boyata enters the final year of his Celtic contract, Fulham have tabled a bid for the Belgium player. The Cottagers have been linked with a move for the player throughout the summer transfer window and remain confident of getting their man. Celtic, however, are not keen to sell with boss Brendan Rodgers saying:

”It would be very difficult for us to replace him at this late stage. From a football perspective, we don’t need to sell any players”

Celtic expect further bids but seem determined to keep Boyata after this transfer window.

Courtois Absent Without Leave

This transfer window has already seen players late to report back for training. According to Sky Sports, Thibaut Courtois has now missed a second day of training with Chelsea. Courtois has not hidden his desire to join Real Madrid and new Chelsea manager Maurizzio Sarri said:

“I want only players with a high level of motivation.”

Courtois now seems to be forcing a move but Chelsea will not sell until they have a replacement.

Rodriguez in Sights of West Ham, Spurs and Burnley

Jay Rodriguez, 29, was part of the West Bromwich Albion team that found itself relegated last season. West Ham, Spurs, Bournemouth and Burnley have all shown interest in the striker. West Brom value him at around £18 million pounds and his continued lack of injuries means he is seen as a good signing for any of these clubs.

Rodriguez played his best football under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton and the striker would relish the chance to play for his former manager.

West Ham have spent over £100 million already this summer whereas Spurs are yet to make any signings in this transfer window. This could be a transfer that waits until the later stages of the window.

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