Celtic are looking to bring two further wide attacking additions to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that a Celtic source has revealed that Ange Postecoglou is hoping to make Benfica winger Jota a permanent part of his first-team squad this month, in addition to signing another wide forward before the end of the current transfer market – with one of the 56-year-old Bhoys manager’s targets for the position reported to be Nimes winger Zinedine Ferhat.
However, a recent report by French media outlet RMC Sport claimed that the Bhoys will face a stern battle for the forward this month, as reigning Ligue 1 championship LOSC Lille have now entered the race for the 28-year-old’s signature – while both Montpellier and Saint-Etienne are also believed to be interested in the Algeria international.
Considering just how impressive Ferhat has proven he can be in one of Europe’s big five leagues, it would indeed appear highly advisable for Postecoglou to do all he can to seal a deal for the 28-year-old this month, despite the setback of LOSC Lille’s interest in the forward.
Indeed, over his 33 Ligue 1 appearances in Nimes’ 2020/21 campaign, the £4.05m-rated winger was in remarkable form for the Les Crocodiles, scoring six goals, providing ten assists – with only Memphis Depay setting up more goals that season – and creating nine big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.9 shots and making 1.6 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £13k-per-week winger earn a rather extraordinary seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.07, ranking him by far and away as his side’s best performer in the top flight of French football.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Ferhat would make a near-perfect addition to Postecoglou’s current options out wide, particularly considering the fact that the forward would more than likely be available on a cut-price deal this winter – as his current contract at the Costieres Stadium is set to expire at the end of the season.
However, Lille’s reported interest in the 28-year-old will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Celtic’s chances of landing the Algerian this January, as the champions of France will not only be able to offer Ferhat a bigger wage packet than the Bhoys, but they can also offer him the lure of Champions League football.