Toulouse have ended their interest in defender Stephen Welsh after a loan-to-buy offer worth £3.5m was rejected by Celtic.
The 22-year-old was the Ligue 1 outfit’s top central defensive target of the summer transfer window but have now decided to turn their attentions elsewhere having seen their offer rebuffed by the Scottish Premiership champions, Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has revealed on Twitter.
UPDATE: Toulouse have ended their pursuit of Celtic defender Stephen Welsh in this window.
He was their No1 centre-back target this summer.
However, Celtic rejected a season-long loan bid, with an option-to-buy for £3.5m, last week.
Toulouse will now move on to other targets. https://t.co/juxtIaDCSm
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) August 1, 2022
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou named Welsh in his starting eleven for the top flight opener against Aberdeen yesterday and opened the scoring in just the third minute of the match, which the Bhoys went on to win 2-0.
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A loan to buy for Welsh for around £3.5m is a derisory offer given the role he can still play in our plans for the season ahead to provide competition to Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt.
Welsh has the potential to push on this season and hold down a regular first team place and got off to the ideal start against the Dons with a solid performance.
Given the amount of games Celtic have while looking to compete both domestically and on the European front, the club have done the right thing in sending Toulouse packing with their offer.