There was Premier League interest in Celtic-bound Sheffield Wednesday starlet Liam Shaw, says Tony Pulis

Representatives of a Premier League club spoke to Tony Pulis about the potential of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw, the former Owls boss has revealed.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 12:06 pm

The 19-year-old, whose switch to Celtic on pre-contract terms was confirmed this week, will make the move north of the border after his contract runs out at the end of the season.

Pulis lasted only 10 games in the Hillsborough hot seat but was outspoken in his praise for Shaw, who he described as ‘very, very promising’.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the former Crystal Palace boss said that he had fielded a call from a top tier club in this country asking about Shaw’s suitability as it became more well-known that the youngster’s contract was coming to an end.

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw is on his way to Celtic.

“Liam is a terrific signing for Celtic and Lenny [Neil Lennon] has done a good job in finding him and taking him to Scotland because lots of people were ringing me up and asking about him.

“I had a Premier League club ring me up to ask about him and I gave them the same answer as I gave everyone else – that he’s a very good player with tremendous potential – so I’d definitely say they’ve pulled off a good signing.

“I only had five weeks at Sheffield Wednesday and in my time there I got him in the team pretty early.”

It is not known whether the unnamed Premier League club followed through on their Pulis call with any approach for Shaw. Wednesday are likely to receive somewhere in the region of £300,000 for Shaw as the midfield man is signing on an international transfer basis.

“I’d expect him [Shaw] to have a really good career in the game,” Pulis said.

“His attitude is absolutely fantastic and with the way things are in the world just now then one of the most important things when you sign players at the moment is their character.

“The game has become so fluffy so if you can get good players with good characters then you’ve swum the Channel.”

Pulis’ assistant manager at Wednesday, Mike Trusson, was brought to Hillsborough from a role as a scout at Celtic.

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