Slovakian-side Slovan Bratislava claims that Celtic have approached them in regards to one of their strikers.
As we approach the January transfer window in just a few weeks, the Hot Stove of transfer rumours is starting to heat up. Celtic has been connected with players from all over the globe including Brazil, and now Slovakia. It is well-known that the Hoops will be adding to their club come January, it just remains to be seen by how much.
The newest transfer rumour is that the Hoops want striker Andraz Sporar from Slovan Bratislava, which was reported last week by The Daily Mail, but were quickly snuffed out by Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
Now, new information has emerged that may contradict what the the Hoops skipper had put out into the media.
According to the team-run site for Slovan Bratislava, their manager Ivan Kmotrik has stated that the Hoops were in fact in contact with the team regarding striker Andraz Sporar, and were even talking offers:
“It is true that Celtic has sent us a specific offer and has shown an enormous interest in Andraz Sporar. Other strong clubs from countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium have also heard from us.
“The interest is great and we expect it to be even more pronounced during the transition period.
“I think its price is much higher (than €5.5m). I cannot imagine selling Andraz for less than €7-€8million.”
There could be numerous reasons for Neil Lennon to deny talking about Andraz Sporar. If he did, then the asking price would likely jump for Andraz Sporar as Slovan Bratislava would try to play the bidding game out in public, something Lennon rightfully avoided.
Also, the €7-€8million could be seen as a bargain considering the striker has made 14 appearances is Europe this season, and has scored seven goals to go along with his four assists. Domestically in Fortuna Liga, he has been nearly unstoppable with 12 goals in just 11 appearances.
If the interest from multiple clubs is true, then the asking price is likely to climb even higher, which could make Celtic weary of spending that type of cash for a striker, especially with a world-class one already on the payroll in Odsonne Edouard.