An update has emerged regarding Celtic’s pursuit of Gabonese forward Aaron Boupendza…
According to Media Time, as relayed by TBRF, the Hoops are prioritising the signing of Hatayspor striker Boupendza as they attempt to bolster their strikeforce and provide some competition to Odsonne Edouard this summer.
The report claims that the Turkish club value him at around €12m (£10.2m) and it remains to be seen whether or not Celtic are willing to splash their club-record transfer fee on him.
Celtic fans will be over the moon with this news as Boupendza could be a terrific signing for the club and increase their chances of winning the title back from their arch-rivals Rangers next term. He has been prolific in Turkey and is capable of playing in a variety of positions at the top end of the pitch, whether that be down the middle or on either flank.
In a player analysis article centred around Boupendza, Breaking the Lines provided the following on what he brings to the pitch. “The Hatay forward has excellent close control and touch, he often comes short to utilize these skills, soaking in defenders, then with a dynamic touch or spin beating his man or passing it to a teammate, defeating the trap.
“His close control was best exemplified in his goal against Beşiktaş, where his control and tricky first touch gave him enough space to bury the ball into the bottom right corner from just inside the box.”
The 24-year-old number nine plundered 22 goals in 25 starts in the Super Lig last season, showing that he can score at an impressive rate at a good standard of football. This suggests that he could arrive at Celtic Park and set the Premiership on fire with his goals.
Therefore, supporters will be buzzing if the club can bring him in before the end of the window. He is young, talented, exciting and could be exactly what Postecoglou needs to bolster his attack and fight for the title next season.
If the Gabonese forward can translate his goals from Turkey over to Scotland then they could have a real talent on their hands, someone capable of lifting them back to dominance.