Celtic, who is in search of another striker, has just had another one of their bids for a 24-goal striker knocked back according to reports.
Celtic are looking to add another striker despite having Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Patryk Klimala and Vakoun Bayo on the squad. The Hoops seemingly had a deal in place for a season-long loan with a buyout option for West Ham United striker Albian Ajeti, but now there seems to be a mystery team trying to steal him away.
Well there is another striker who the club was reportedly pursuing and that is Peterborough striker Ivan Toney. Supposedly the Hoops put in a £5 million bid for the striker according to Glasgow Live, which was subsequently declined. It is unclear at this point who the winning bid was from, if there even was one.
It is odd that Celtic manager Neil Lennon is wanting to continue to add strikers. The Anjeti deal made sense: season-long loan, and if he performs, add him permanently the next. Much like the Edouard Deal before Moussa Dembele left.
It seems like the heavy pursuit of another striker could mean that Edouard is on his way out, and sooner than many thought. The Hoops make shrewd business moves with eyes on the future. Edouard very likely will fetch more than what Kieran Tierney did a year ago. That is something the club likely won’t pass up, especially if they feel like they have a suitable replacement.
Yet, moving Edouard ahead of the 10IAR season would likely be a mistake. If anything were to happen to the 10IAR, all fingers would be pointed to the fact Edouard was moved, rightfully so or not. Keeping him an additional year for what could be the most important in club history seems to be the better business decision in the long run.