|Town Linked With Celtic Defender|
Friday, 3rd Aug 2012 23:51
Town are being linked with a £250,000 move for Celtic central defender Kelvin Wilson. The 26-year-old was previously a team-mate of recent Blues signing Luke Chambers at Nottingham Forest.
Wilson is reported not to have settled since moving to Scotland on a Bosman free transfer last summer. During 2011/12 the Nottingham-born centre-half made 20 starts and one sub appearance for the SPL champions.
The 6ft 3in tall defender, who is contracted to the Bhoys until 2015, began his career with Notts County, where he made 78 starts and eight sub appearances, scoring four times, before moving to Preston, initially on loan in March 2006.
He made only 19 starts as well as playing 11 games from the bench in 15 months with the Lilywhites before moving to Forest for £300,000 in July 2007.
During four years at the City Ground Wilson, who is right-footed but has played on both sides of the centre of the defence, made 130 starts and six substitute appearances without scoring. His last goals came for Preston in January 2007 when he scored in two successive matches.
Although Wilson and Chambers played a lot of games together at Forest, Chambers was at right-back for many of them with Wes Morgan partnering Wilson a the heart of the defence.
Wilson has also recently been linked with a return to Forest and was mentioned in connection with a move to Leicester earlier in the summer.
The addition of another central defender before the season starts is very much on Paul Jewell’s wish list with the Blues having continued to show a tendency to concede from set pieces during pre-season.
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|BrightonBlue added 23:57 - Aug 3|
Drop the 'l' and we have ourselves a striker.
Jockey Wilson scores again.
|bigolconnor added 00:03 - Aug 4|
Oops sorry Kelvin. Sorry.
|gri06906 added 00:08 - Aug 4|
Sign him up
|Sindre94 added 00:14 - Aug 4|
anyone watched him play?
|ashleylewis10 added 00:17 - Aug 4|
very solid defender. would complete our backline
|Mr_Evans added 00:23 - Aug 4|
He's quite an accomplished centre back, no nonsense style of player also very good in the air. £250,000 would be a good price to pay. Double deal with Murphy too?
|TractorBeezer added 00:25 - Aug 4|
Ticks most of the boxes. Am curious why he didn't make an impact at Celtic though.
|Garv added 00:27 - Aug 4|
Don't know much about him, but he fits the bill.
Need a fourth centre half, to at least for a first team spot.
|Garv added 00:41 - Aug 4|
*to at least challenge for a first team spot.
Double deal for Murphy as well sounds a great idea. Can't believe we haven't pushed things further with him (nothing reported whatsoever for weeks, hopefully things have happened behind the scenes).
|bluearmy78 added 01:02 - Aug 4|
@Tractorbreezer- hasn't made such an impact up here in Scotland as he was injured for most of the season. Would still be a good addition, but I would be very surprised if we pulled this deal off, unless Chambers can convince him!!
|Len_Brennan added 01:08 - Aug 4|
A double deal with Murphy sounds good, of course wages is likely to be a difficulty in both cases. Another keeper & Davies aswell please.
|pazelle added 01:26 - Aug 4|
Worth a punt!
|TractorBeezer added 01:28 - Aug 4|
Sounds like you are familiar with him and that you think he'll be a good addition. Thanks and let's hope.
|TractorBoy666 added 01:33 - Aug 4|
At tall defender is exactly what we need! This would be a very good signing if pulled off. Although i don't know much about the lad, but Celtic are a good club and he must be decent enough to catch the managers eye. Would make a huge influence on the oppositions set pieces.
|nerdys added 01:34 - Aug 4|
|nerdys added 01:37 - Aug 4|
How Many More LINKS are we going to be Linked too..
|alztar added 02:00 - Aug 4|
Know nothing about him but surely some height like that would be more than welcome in our backline!
|PJ_Needs_Duncan added 03:09 - Aug 4|
250k for a CB with his pace is a bit of a bargain. If we could get him at that price he would be worth a punt. Only thing is he was mainly overlooked at Celtic as he's too comfortable in possession of the ball in defence which made him a liability and ended up costing Celtic games... that plus Mulgrew is eminence and was moved to CB. But who knows pairing him back up with Chambers could work well for us.
|Sindre94 added 03:34 - Aug 4|
Hope all your positive comments are true, and we get this bloke. Dont just link us with such a "random" player for no reason, i hope :P
|BROTHERBLUE1974 added 05:59 - Aug 4|
Get him in please . Deal may be done in time for next season.
|tractorgirls added 06:42 - Aug 4|
love the fact some of you say 'would be a good addition' about every player we are linked with, personally never heard of him or seen him play.
|ericgates added 07:15 - Aug 4|
I know there were rumours of Leicester doing a straight swap with Matt Mills going to Celtic and Wilson to Leicester. Mills in the end went to Bolton for about £2 million I think and cost about £5million when Leicester brought him from Reading the summer before.
It would be great if we could get him for £250,000 though. I only have bad memories of the only time I have seen him play though, in the play off semi final a couple of years ago when Blackpool and DJ Campbell really tore Forest to pieces! However that seemed to be a one off, as Forest were really sound in defence that season.
|NewarkDan added 08:28 - Aug 4|
Saw him a lot when at forest. Would be the signing of pre season imo. Very. Pacey, solid defender and can play a bit. Fingers crossed on this one.
|urmancian added 08:42 - Aug 4|
sign kello up to compete with loach for number 1 spot send ALB out on loan with 24 hour call back (witht them paying his wages) ,wrap up the kounarma deal, get either wilson/gearrard of cardiff for around 250.000 get daryl murphy on reduced terms and splash the cash on davies i reckon we get him for about 800k but be willing to pay the 1 million and we have a grate young squad with a real chance and havint spent more then 1.6 million all summer
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