MOTHERWELL boss Mark McGhee failed in an eleventh hour bid for Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci.
His hopes of bringing the Turkish international frontman to Fir Park were dashed in the dying moments of deadline day.
Well emerged as surprise favourites to land the 24-year-old forward just hours before the January window slammed shut.
Ciftci had been a target for McGhee for several weeks as he looked to bolster his frontline under the threat of potentially losing Scott McDonald.
The deal appeared to still be on in the wake of the team’s 2-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall, even with the news McDonald was going nowhere.
However, both parties couldn’t come to an agreement on terms and the deal fell through. Suggestions that Motherwell were unwilling to pay £1ooo a week towards the former Dundee United player’s wages could well be the reason for the deal collapsing.
His former club did not bid to take their former striker back to Tannadice on loan, much to the disappointment of their fans.
Ciftci, who cost ex-boss Ronny Deila £1.3million when he signed him from Dundee United in the summer of 2015, has played only two games – both against Lincoln Red Imps in July – under Brendan Rodgers.
He still has 18 months of his current Celtic contract to run but is not in Brendan Rodgers’ plans. Indeed when Celtic were without both Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths on Sunday for the visit of Hearts, Ciftci could not even make a place on the bench. Celtic coped well, winning the match comfortably.