Neil Lennon has confirmed that Celtic are interested in signing a £6 million-rated striker who has already scored 20 goals this season.
Celtic will be looking to add to their forward ranks when the transfer window opens in January as they will be desperate to provide some much needed cover to Odsonne Edouard. Leigh Griffiths has struggled with both form and fitness throughout the season. On the other hand, Vakoun Issouf Bayo has failed to prove himself since moving to the club and could soon be sent out on loan. The two have combined to contribute just 4 goals this season.
One striker that Celtic have been linked with this season is Slovenian international, Andraz Sporar. The forward currently plays for Slovakian club Slovan Bratislava and has managed to score 20 goals in just 26 appearances this season. He has even managed to score 7 goals in Europe and is only behind Alfredo Morelos in the Europa League scoring charts with 5 goals.
Earlier, the Slovakian club’s general director, Ivan Kmotrik, had claimed that Celtic had made a bid for Sporar. But Neil Lennon has come out and denied those claims. He though has admitted that Celtic are interested in the Slovenian.
As reported by Sportsmole, the Celtic manager said:
“We haven’t made a bid. We are looking at options going forward but there’s been no bid from us. He is an option and one of a number we are looking at.”
Slovan Bratislava though are looking for 6 million for Sporar. And although the 25-year-old has been brilliant this season, his record before moving to Slovakia is not the brightest. He managed to score just 1 goal in 26 appearances for FC Basel and was not much better at German Bundesliga 2 side Arminia Bielefeld, scoring just twice.
For that fee, Celtic might very well get a much more proven forward. Buying Sporar comes with the risk of him never managing to quite cut it at the top level.