Ipswich Town have beaten Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers in their pursuit of Manchester City’s Kosovan midfielder Bersant Celina, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in high demand this summer, with newly promoted Bolton Wanderers keen to bring the youngster into the fold as they look to bolster their squad ahead of their Championship return.

Similarly, Championship giants Leeds United were looking at bringing Celina in to replace the departing Alfonso Pedraza, whose loan spell ended at the end of the season.

However, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town have won the race to sign the Kosovan international on a season-long loan deal, with Celina becoming the Tractor Boys’ first summer signing.

Loan signings had a mixed impact last season for Ipswich. Leicester City loanee Tom Lawrence was the standout performer in an incredible solo campaign, and Emyr Huws made a decent impact upon arriving, but Reading loanee Dominic Samuel didn’t score in the league for the entirety of his loan spell.

After impressing out on loan at Dutch outfit Twente, where he scored 5 goals and registered 6 assists in 30 league games, Celina would’ve hoped to break into the fringes of the Manchester City squad.

Unfortunately, following a host of big name signings, academy graduates such as Kalechi Iheanacho, Pablo Maffeo and Celina himself have found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

With 6 caps for the Kosovan national team already to his name, the future is clearly bright for the 20-year-old, and Ipswich will be hoping he can help fill the void left by Tom Lawrence, who has returned to parent club Leicester.

 


About Author

Sports journalist and editor. Southend-based Reading FC fan. Can sometimes catch me editing for In Bed With Maradona. Find me on Twitter @HarrySmithRFC