Darlington Nagbe, was formerly with the Cleveland Internationals but moved in 2011 to MLS Football outfit, Portland Timbers.
The son of Joe, former Liberian Captain, has been linked with a move to Champions League club, Celtic after Brendan Rodgers, Celtic’s boss showed interest in the player.
Brendan Rodgers, who joined the Hoops in the summer, looks forward to strengthening his midfield in preparations for the second half of the season. As part of his plans to lure the Portland Timbers midfielder to the club, Rodgers had him invited to Celtic’s Champions League game against Barcelona.
The game which saw Barcelona defeat the European outfit 2 goals to nil did not deter the player as he was wowed by the Celtic Park atmosphere and the kind of support fans of the club were dishing out.
The player tweeted a video of the atmosphere at the stadium and captioned it “wow”. The midfielder has had a total of 10 caps for the United States since making his debut back in 2011.
Portland Timbers in a fresh move has however warned Celtic that Nagbe was not for sale, despite reports coming in from several quarters earlier this week that the player would be available for a price of about £1.5million.
Nagbe is contracted to the MLS football outfit until 2019 and Portland chiefs have said that the price is quite small, considering their valuation of the player. However, if the midfielder demands a move to Celtic, a fee of about £2m should be more than palatable for the club.
A club official when speaking to American Newspaper The Oregonian said that they expect him to be with them until 2017, while another claimed that the player was “just visiting” Celtic.
The midfielder has scored 24 goals for the MLS outfit and has a total of 25 assists to his name.