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Celtic: Parkhead outfit in talks for Sead Haksabanovic

Celtic are reportedly making a late swoop for Rubin Kazan winger, Sead Haksabanovic, with manager Ange Postecoglou still plotting new additions before the end of the window.

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, the Parkhead outfit have ‘opened talks’ regarding a deal to bring the Montenegro international to Glasgow, with the 23-year-old said to be ‘very keen’ on the deal as he seeks to flee Russia amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

That conflict had seen the one-time West Ham United forward return to Sweden – where he was born – on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign, with another exit now seemingly on the cards.

The piece suggests that the Hoops boss has given his backing to the deal after negotiations were said to have stalled earlier this summer, with further reports suggesting that his current side could be willing to let him depart for a cut-price fee or on a temporary deal.

Additional reports from Russia appear to indicate that a deal is even close to being agreed, as the player nears a switch to Scotland.

Collado alternative

This interest in the 28-cap menace comes following the blow of missing out on Barcelona starlet, Alex Collado, with the young Spaniard having made the move to Elche on loan despite rumours linking him with a move to Glasgow.

The La Masia product had also been tipped to join the Scottish Premiership side two years ago, with it seemingly a notable setback to see what appears to be a long-term target opt for a different destination.

The 23-year-old would have no doubt proven a real versatile option for Postecoglou and co, having thrived on the flanks as well as in an attacking midfield role in his career thus far, notably scoring twice and registering one assist in 17 appearances on loan at Granada last term.

Should Celtic sign Sead Haksabanovic?

No, not convinced

No, not convinced

Yes please!

Yes please!

In Haksabanovic, however, the Scottish champions would be able to bring in another player who can operate in a variety of attacking roles, having also proven himself a real creative and goalscoring threat in the final third.

The £4.95m-rated gem enjoyed arguably the best spell of his career so far at Swedish outfit IFK Norrkoping, scoring 21 goals and providing 25 assists in just 76 games in all competitions, while also providing 23 goals contributions in 70 games for Halmstads BK.

The “dangerous” 5 foot 9 prospect – as dubbed by former Hammers youth team coach Terry Westley – also enjoyed a fine recent spell at Djurgardens IF after joining back in March, scoring two goals and providing two assists in just 11 games.

Such impressive records are no doubt far superior to the aforementioned Collado, who has registered just 24 goals and 13 assists in his career to date, including his stint in the Barcelona B team and at youth level.

As such, while missing out on the former Spain U19 international appeared to be a setback at the time, it could prove a blessing in disguise if it does lead to Haksabanovic’s arrival in the coming weeks.

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