Celtic make contact for £15 million-rated striker

Atalanta BC v SK Sturm Graz: Group D - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
Atalanta BC v SK Sturm Graz: Group D - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Celtic need to strengthen up front in the January transfer window. Kyogo scored 34 goals in all competitions last season but has struggled to deliver since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager. Oh Hyeon-gyu has shown glimpses of quality but overall, he has not been great either. And the upcoming AFC Asian Cup throws another curveball amidst all of this.

Celtic have been linked with quite a few strikers lately. Bojan Miovski of Aberdeen looks like the most likely option. Mathias Kvistgaarden of Brondby and Sydney van Hooijdonk of Bologna are believed to be on the Hoops' radar as well.

Another name seems to have emerged in this regard though. Someone who has been linked with Celtic in the past. But a move feels unlikely.

As reported by Football Scotland, Celtic reached out to Sturm Graz regarding Szymon Wlodarczyk. But they were told that his valuation has sky-rocketed to around £15 million, which would be out of the Hoops' reach.

Celtic make contact for £15 million-rated striker Szymon Wlodarczyk

Celtic were linked with Wlodarczyk back when he was at Gornik Zabrze. Since then, he has moved to Sturm Graz and done well there too.

While Wlodarczyk's output has been good, it has not been to the point where shelling out a £15 million transfer fee would make sense. According to stats from Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old has scored 9 goals and provided 2 assists in 28 appearances for Sturm Graz.

Thus, a move for Wlodarczyk is unliikely. It remains to be seen who the club do end up signing in January though.

They need to make sure that it is someone who can come in and start delivering immediately, and won't take much time to adjust to the Scottish game. In hindsight, parting ways with Giorgos Giakoumakis has proven to be a major mistake.