According to The Telegraph, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is amongst the group of players that have been informed by Gary Rowett that they are free to leave the club this summer.
Following the Potters’ relegation from the Premier League last time out, it has been a summer of change at the club.
New manager Rowett has come in and immediately made his mark on the playing squad. The arrivals of James McClean, Tom Ince, Sam Clucas, Oghenekaro Etebo and Ashley Williams, amongst others, show that the club are serious about making a swift return to the top flight.
So many new faces looks to have pushed some of the old guard out of contention though, with Choupo-Moting, Charlie Adam, Giannelli Imbula and Geoff Cameron all reportedly having been told that they are surplus to requirements.
Whilst the English transfer window has closed, foreign sides may still purchase players from English clubs whilst windows abroad remain open.
Celtic ought to be amongst the clubs poised to take advantage of their extended buying period and readying themselves to swoop for the unwanted Choupo-Moting, rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt.
Perhaps Brendan Rodgers has taken Celtic as far as he can. Consecutive domestic trebles in both of his seasons in charge of the Scottish giants leaves European progress as the only unconquered bastion.
Despite leading the Bhoys into the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years in 2016, the 7-0 humiliation suffered at the hands of Barcelona served to show how far away from being able to compete at Europe’s top table they are.
If Rodgers is to kick on, he has to add extra depth and firepower to his squad. Scott Sinclair, after a blistering debut campaign, failed to scale the same heights last time out. Equally, Moussa Dembele struggled for form and consistency up front last season.
The arrival of Choupo-Moting would represent an injection of versatility, experience and quality to Celtic’s attacking contingent and should create healthy competition for places across the front line.
The Cameroon international is valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt, but would likely be available for a knocked down fee. Celtic should jump at this chance to sign a quality forward for a bargain price.