Celtic are in desperate need of a top class centre back before the transfer window closes, and they should absolutely be looking at former Newcastle target Christopher Jullien.
According to GOAL.com writer Robin Bairner, Newcastle, Southampton and Everton were all eyeing Jullien before the Premier League window closed.
The towering Toulouse centre back could be available for as little as €10m (around £9m) according to Bairner, an absolute bargain for a player on the brink of his prime.
While Brendan Rodgers has claimed Dedryck Boyata could return to the team, it seems fairly likely at this point that the defender will leave, so another centre back has to be top priority.
It’s no surprise that Newcastle were pursuing the 6 ft 5 in ace, as the Magpies are desperately short of squad depth and will be without Florian Lejeune for the foreseeable future.
Rafael Benitez’s loss could now be Rodgers’ gain, as Celtic absolutely must swoop in now that the Premier League window has slammed shut.
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Rodgers is currently relying on Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer at the back, which is a huge risk given their inexperience. Hendry in particular has started the season poorly, and putting a calmer, more experienced defender alongside Ajer could be the perfect solution.
Jullien is an absolute monster, standing at 6 ft 5 in and winning over four aerial duels per game in each of the last two seasons. The 25 year-old has already scored 24 goals at club level across his career, which shows just how dominant he is in the air.
It’s not just size and power that makes Jullien such a bargain at £9m though, as the Toulouse ace reads the game superbly and is very composed on the ball. His defensive stats speak for themselves, averaging nearly two tackles, two interceptions and over six clearances per game over the last two seasons, but he has good feet for a big man as well.
If Rodgers is going to solve the mini-crisis that has ensued over the last couple of weeks, he has to start in defence. Signing Jullien would toughen up the spine of the team, improve Ajer, take pressure off Hendry, and send a message to the rest of the league that the Hoops are still in charge.
So, Celtic fans, should you make a £9m swoop for the towering Frenchman? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…