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Hull City Once Turned Down £12 million for Celtic Trialist Moses Odubajo, Says Mark Warburton

Hull City Once Turned Down £12 million for Celtic Trialist Moses Odubajo, Says Mark Warburton

Celtic trialist Moses Odubajo was once the subject of a rejected £12 million bid from Everton – according to former Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

As we told you earlier this week, the 24-year-old right-back has met up with the Hoops at their pre-season training base in Austria for talks with Brendan Rodgers, as Odubajo aims to resurrect his career after an injury-hit two years.

Before signing for Hull for £3.5million back in 2015, Odubajo played under ex-Rangers manager Warburton at Brentford, and it seems he made a big impression during his time with The Bees.

Warburton has been effusive in his praise of Odubajo, and even went on to reveal how Everton had planned to push the boat out to bring him to Goodison Park.

Speaking via the Sun, Warburton said: “Moses has suffered an extremely tough time over the last couple of years, and deserves an opportunity to get his career back on track.

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“I can’t speak highly enough of him as a player and as a boy. He’s a really top lad.

“We still speak, we’re quite close. But I wasn’t aware of Celtic’s interest and that’s dramatic news.

“I’m certain Brendan Rodgers and his recruitment staff will have done their homework on Moses.

“If he’s over his injury worries, is fit and ready again, then he can be an outstanding signing for Celtic.

“An on form Odubajo can be the best right-back in Scottish football by a mile. I can’t pay him a greater compliment than that.

“I signed Moses for Brentford from Orient, and I looked on him as an England international in the making, definitely good enough to play in the Premier League.

“We paid £1million for him, and he was worth every penny.

“Moses had a brilliant season with us — and it was no surprise when Hull came in for him after just a year at Brentford, and allowed the club to make a substantial profit. When he came to Brentford he was a wide right player. But we moved him to right-back, I thought he was suited to that position.

“Moses was outstanding. He’s the quickest player I’ve seen, but also brilliant on the ball — calm, composed and excellent with his use of it.

“He played every game and bombed forward every opportunity. One v one he was outstanding, he had power, pace and skill.

“Not long after I left Brentford for Rangers he joined Hull and then had a brilliant season there, culminating in a Wembley play-off final triumph over Sheffield Wednesday.

“Odubajo deserved to play in the Premier League. But then he got injured and I was upset for him.

“From what I believe Hull turned down £12 million from Everton for him.

“Then Moses picked up the knee injury. Just as he was approaching a return, he suffered another serious setback.

“I hope he’s fit again and ready to be a top player once more.

“On his game Odubajo really is the business. Off the field he is a great lad, precisely the kind a manager would want in a dressing room.”

Odubajo’s last match was a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2016, after he suffered several severe knee injuries, but should Celtic take a gamble on him?

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