Preston turn down fresh Celtic bid for St Ledger
Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00
SEAN ST LEDGER faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be stuck at Preston for the remainder of the season after they turned down a second bid from Celtic for his services.
It's been a strange season at club level for the Irish centre-half, who joined Middlesbrough on loan in September with a permanent £4.5m switch agreed at that point.
However, a change of manager at the Riverside unsettled St Ledger, who failed to hit it off with Gordon Strachan and backed out of finalising the deal.
The defender has returned to action with Preston, who are struggling in the nether regions of the Championship and dismissed St Ledger's mentor Alan Irvine -- now in charge of Sheffield Wednesday -- and replaced with him Darren Ferguson.
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has been a long-term admirer of St Ledger and made a bid of £1.25m plus add-ons earlier this month that was knocked back. Reports in Preston yesterday said that a second bid from the Glasgow club worth £2.5m with add-ons of £500,000 has also been rejected.
While Mowbray has been reshuffling his squad in recent weeks, particularly in defensive areas, he does not have large swathes of cash at his disposal and it remains to be seen how much further he will be willing to go. Nevertheless, with the Deepdale club struggling financially, their resolution is sure to be tested as the close of the transfer window approaches.
Meanwhile, Coventry manager Chris Coleman says there have been no bids yet for striker Leon Best amid interest from Middlesbrough, but expects the player to leave the club in the near future.
Aston Villa have distanced themselves from reports that they are close to signing Rangers striker Kris Boyd, while Manchester City forward Jo has joined Galatasaray on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season.
Meanwhile, England goalkeeper David James is expected to join Stoke on loan from Portsmouth for the rest of the season.