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The Leaked Transfer Document - Where Are They Now ?
Celtic launched an investigation earlier this year after details of a sensitive recruitment meeting appeared online.

Celtic launched an investigation earlier this year after details of a sensitive recruitment meeting appeared online.

There was a lot of info in there, and maybe even more than it at first seems.

This is not a team-sheet. This is high level strategic information and as such it ought never to have seen the light of day.Whatever happened to the Celtic targets on THAT leaked transfer document?

James Justin

The former Luton full-back, one of the first of Celtic's summer targets to pick up speed in the media, eventually signed a five-year deal at Brendan Rodgers' Leicester.

There was contact between Luton and the Hoops prior to his Premier League move, however, as told by Record Sport and confirmed on the document.

Justin featured in pre-season and was called up to the England U-21 squad for the first time this week - but he's yet to make a competitive appearance for the Foxes, having been an unused sub in their opening four Premier League
matches.

Reece James

Another full-back, James is yet to make an appearance for Frank Lampard's youthful Chelsea side due to an unfortunate early season injury.

However, there's been a clamour among Chelsea fans for the 19-year-old to be given a chance with veteran Cesar Azpilicueta under-fire and seemingly on the decline.

It appears Celtic's interest ended in that April meeting, as his name was scribbled out, presumably as the Blues had no desire to see him leave.

Tommy Smith

The right-back sparked speculation he was set for a trip to Glasgow after being snapped leaving Huddersfield's pre-season training camp in Austria in July.

Smith was indeed heading back to the UK on transfer business - but he opted to remain south of the border.

The 27-year-old signed for Stoke City in a move that perhaps ultimately paved the way for Celtic to take Moritz Bauer on-loan.

Mathias Jorgensen

Appeared on the document as Zanka, a nickname inspired by the film Cool Runnings, this one flew relatively under the radar in comparison to other targets.

That suggests Celtic didn't firm up their interest or he was discarded somewhere down the line. Either way the Hoops snapped up Christopher Jullien who looks an increasingly positive bit of business.

Jorgensen eventually signed for Fenerbahce on a permanent deal in August.

Fikayo Tomori

Tomori emerged as a target three weeks before the infamous leak, having impressed in a loan spell at Derby from Chelsea last term.

New Blues boss Lampard clearly rates the 21-year-old as he's immediately integrated him into his squad to rave reviews from supporters.

Like the aforementioned James, he looks set to form part of a new-look Chelsea side reliant on emerging talent given the club's transfer ban.

Romain Perraud

Another candidate, but ultimately a near miss, in the great Celtic search for a right-back that eventually ended with the arrival of Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Perraud, a France youth international, caught Celtic's eye playing for Nice and he was touted for a Parkhead move throughout the summer, particularly by French media.

He was at least earmarked for a scouting mission but the 21-year-old agreed a switch to Nice' Ligue 1 counterparts Brest back in July.

Joe Aribo

No idea where this guy ended up, sorry.

Rekeem Harper

Record Sport exclusively revealed the West Brom prospect was on Celtic's radar before it was confirmed by Harper's presence on the document.

The midfielder was caught in a contract wrangle with the Baggies and Lennon took the opportunity to personally scout him.

But, one way or another, Harper resolved his differences with the Hawthorns hierarchy and extended his contract.

Scott McTominay

Another name that was seemingly written off during the course of the meeting, McTominay was first linked to Celtic three months earlier in January.

The Hoops held talks with Manchester United over a potential loan for the Scotland midfielder, who had been bombed out under Jose Mourinho.

However, he was swiftly restored to the starting line-up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, where he has remained ever since.

Brandon Barker

Again, not a clue - it's been a long summer.

Neal Maupay

Celtic negotiated the latter stages of 2018/19 with only one senior striker in Odsonne Edouard - not a bad option whatsoever, but it's clear the club were looking at adding depth.

The former Brentford star was a man in demand, though, as evidenced by his Premier League switch to Brighton in a deal worth a reported £20million.

The Frenchman opened his account on the first day of the season in a 3-0 win over Watford.

Lys Mousset

Considering the precedent for France U-21 strikers at Celtic over the past few years, it's no surprise Mousset was an option.

He'd spent three seasons at Bournemouth without ever making a sustained first-team impact and looked in need of a fresh start elsewhere

In another world, that elsewhere could've been Parkhead but for a £10million offer from Sheffield United, where he has managed just 11 minutes of Premier League football so far.



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