Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Oliver Burke as a potential replacement for Joe Lolley in January, but the winger joined Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season. Any hope the Reds have of signing Burke at the end of the campaign have been all but dashed, however, with the 21-year-old revealing to Nottinghamshire Live that he’s considering staying in Scotland.
He said: “A lot of boys I know are still at the same club they’ve been with since we were young. I’ve experienced different opportunities and countries, and it’s been fun but I want to be settled and find a club where I’m happy and enjoying my football. I got sick of the whole moving around thing. I know this is a loan at the moment, it’s going really great, so we’ll see what happens.”
Burke left West Bromwich Albion during the winter transfer window as he was struggling for playing time at the Hawthorns. The Scotland international had only made three Championship appearances for the Baggies and has already racked up more games at Celtic this season, scoring two goals to boot. With Joe Lolley’s future uncertain, Burke wouldn’t be a bad replacement, but his future may not lie at the City Ground.
The winger’s move from RB Leipzig to Albion hasn’t gone to plan, but his renaissance in his home country might tempt him into turning the loan deal permanent over the summer. If West Brom have no place for Burke in the side, Celtic could beat the likes of Forest to his signature, so Martin O’Neill might have to turn his attention elsewhere.