Celtic’s work in the transfer market is beginning to gather pace ahead of an intense pre-season that’ll involve the Hoops’ European qualification campaign.
With full competitive fixtures approaching in just a matter of weeks, Ange Postecoglou needs to act quickly.
One of the biggest uncertainties at Celtic right now is the future of Odsonne Edouard.
Consequently, he’s weighing up his options this summer and could yet stay at Paradise for the remaining year of his contract.
If he does move then Celtic will need a new forward. That’s the opinion of Charlie Nicholas who stated this week that the Bhoys should consider a move for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
He said in The Scottish Daily Express (29/06, p57): “I still think they need another striker, even if they re-sign Leigh Griffiths and continue with Albian Ajeti, I believe they still need another one, especially if Odsonne Edouard goes.
Nicholas added: “I would try and get Eddie Nketiah from my old club Arsenal. He has been linked with West Ham United and teams in the Bundesliga and he is a really quick and exciting talent. He had a spell on loan at Leeds cut short because of injury but he is back fit and he is one I would look at either on a loan or a permanent contract, if that could be done.”
Like Celtic’s star man, Nketiah’s future is also rather uncertain at Arsenal.
He was severely limited in first-team opportunities towards the end of the campaign and with the Englishman yet to sign a new deal, he could be granted an exit by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
An arrival at Celtic, either permanently or on loan, would be a captivating one for Postecoglou.
Nketiah is the very definition of a poacher, using clever movement and quick thinking inside the penalty area to outsmart defenders.
Noel Whelan once commented: “He plays off the shoulder, very dangerous in the box. He’s a player you can’t take your eye off because his movement’s so good.”
His record of 18 goals at senior level isn’t the most exciting tally but he’s found regular starts hard to come by.
Dubbed a “goal machine” by Michael Owen, a move to the Premiership could be exactly what he needs to kick start his career.
Nketiah has pace in abundance and is a ruthless goalscorer when afforded regular minutes. Crucially, he would also suit Postecoglou’s system.
The Arsenal forward is already used to an attacking style and intense press from his time under Arteta in the English capital.