Celtic have reportedly opened transfer talks for a striker as they held meetings with club representatives in Vienna today.
Celtic have struggled to provide backup to Odsonne Edouard this season. Leigh Griffiths is not the player that he once was and has struggled with both form and fitness. Injuries have also plagued Vakoun Issouf Bayo’s season and he has failed to impress the Hoops fans since arriving at the club. The duo have combined for just 4 goals in what will be a huge worry for Neil Lennon.
Thus, nobody is surprised that the club have been linked with a string of strikers as we head towards the January transfer window. Names like Jordan Rhodes, Sebastian Andersson and Lawrence Shankland have been thrown around as possible solutions to Celtic’s striker problems. But it looks like the club are most serious about Slovan Bratislava striker, Andraz Sporar.
The Slovenian has scored 20 goals this season already. And while his record at FC Basel was not the best, Celtic could be getting a solid backup option in the form of a striker who has not stopped scoring since moving to the Slovakian league.
Slovakian website Sport24 reported:
Already at nine o’clock in the morning, he had a debate in the Sport24 studio and immediately afterwards he rushed to Vienna to meet with Celtic Glasgow representatives. The reason for the meeting is clear to every football fan. The future of Slovenian Andraz Sporar will be discussed in Vienna.
Talking about the possibility of a transfer for Sporar, Slovan Bratislava director Ivan Kromtrik said:
“There are many people interested in Andraz and Celtic is the most aggressive yet. We have a meeting with the representatives of this club right now and we’ll see what happens.
“So far nothing is clear. We still don’t have an offer we would like to accept. We will not sell him cheaply. His quality not only corresponds to the Slovak League, but also to the European level. We saw it in the Europa League.
“An offer of two, three or five million euros would be disastrous. His market value is much higher.”
The biggest stumbling block to the deal could be the price. Celtic will not want to spend too much money on a striker who is expected to serve as nothing more than a backup striker to Odsonne Edouard. Thus, any deal for Sporar would depend on how much Slovan Bratislava are willing to compromise on his transfer fee.