According to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph, the Old Firm giants are said to have made an offer for the 24-year-old marksman, with Ange Postecoglou and co keen to win the race for the South Korea international’s signature, amid rival interest.
Writing on Twitter about that developing story, the transfer insider stated: “Celtic have made a bid of around £3m for South Korea striker Cho Gue-sung. The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors player is also subject of a similar offer from Mainz, but it’s believed they’re not prepared to go much higher. Ferencvaros also interested but have not tabled a bid yet.”
This follows previous reports from the end of last year that revealed the 6 foot 2 ace was a target for the Glasgow side, with the player having seemingly outlined his desire to make the move to Europe.
The imposing asset – who has been described as a “real handful” by journalist Pete O’Rourke – has warranted such interest as a result of his scintillating form in recent times, having scored 21 goals and laid on five assists in just 35 games during the most recent K-League campaign.
The “incredible” talent, as lauded by journalist Jason Lee, also become something of an “internet sensation” following his standout displays at the World Cup in Qatar – in the words of The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor – having notably netted twice in the 3-2 group stage defeat to Ghana.
Bringing such a “hard-working” asset to Celtic Park – as per the aforementioned Lee – would help to provide further firepower to Postecoglou’s ranks, with increased competition for the Scottish Premiership’s joint-top scorer, Kyogo Furuhashi, only set to be a positive.
If Cho is to be snapped up this month, the Hoops will likely be in need of a creative asset to help provide quality service to the 20-cap ace, with diminutive midfielder Reo Hatate seemingly the man for the job.
The Japan international has already racked up six assists in all competitions so far this term from his central midfield berth, having proven himself something of a striker’s dream after laying on seven big chances in the top flight alone this term, while averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
Pundit Frank McAvennie has also hailed the 25-year-old as a player whom any number nine would simply relish linking up with, having stated back in November: “I just think, as a striker, I would love to be on the pitch with him. He is pinging 60-yard passes and I am thinking wow. As a striker it would be great.”
Having the chance to work alongside such an eye-catching and impactful talent would surely be an attractive prospect as far as Cho is concerned, with Celtic having the makings of a ferocious partnership if they can secure the latter man’s services before the end of the window.