The player is rated around £1.5m, and the Hoops are interested in him after losing out to Bournemouth in the race to sign Jack Stacey. Stoke were also vying for a deal to sign the Luton defender. (h/t Scottish Sun)
As per the report, the fact that Baldock could be available for a price that is within reach of both Celtic and Stoke, we could see them fighting it out for the fullback’s signature in the coming days. (h/t Scottish Sun)
Currently, the 26-year-old’s contract with Sheffield United expires in 12 months time. So, if the Blades are not able to extend his stay, then selling him during this transfer window would be a sensible solution.
Here’s why Stoke should beat Celtic in the signature of the Englishman:
George Baldock is a quality fullback who is comfortable playing as right-back or as a right wing-back. He can play on the other side or as a central midfielder, if required.
During the course of 18/19 season, the 26-year-old featured 27 times for Sheffield United, all of them as a right wing-back, scored a goal and assisted three.
In terms of his attributes, Baldock is very strong when it comes one-on-one play in wide areas both as an attacker and as a defender, he is physically strong on/off the ball and generally puts very good crosses into the box.
If Stoke City manage to sign him ahead of Celtic, then they might get a player who could be their first-choice right-back for the upcoming season and beyond. This would certainly enhance the Potters’ possibility of making a push for promotion.
All in all, we can conclude by saying that Stoke should beat Celtic in race to sign George Baldock during this transfer window.