Could Celtic potentially be set to move for CFR Cluj striker Billel Omrani?
A report in Romania from GSP has claimed that Cluj has now received three bids for the player’s services. These bids have come from both Scotland and Israel.
The highest bid Cluj have apparently received is one of €3.5million. Omrani netted a brace at Celtic Park in a clinical showing, whilst he has also netted seven goals in 10 games this season.
He’s Cluj’s top scorer ever in European competition, overtaking Emmanuel Culio. Even this season, he’s already scored two goals and bagged an assist after four Liga 1 matches in Romania.
It appears that his brace against the Hoops has alerted several clubs to his services. The report doesn’t state how many offers came from Scotland. It could just be the one, but there is apparently interest there.
Billel Omrani never seriously impressed
This will sound a little off considering he scored a brace, but Omrani wasn’t overly impressive against Celtic. The big striker often threw himself to deck and feigned injury when things weren’t going well.
He scored a penalty and a rebound at Parkhead. His finishes were clinical, but the big striker didn’t do enough to warrant any interest from us you would imagine.
And it perhaps seems even more unlikely to be Celtic considering the fact we’ve just signed Jonathan Afolabi. We now already have four strikers at the club. Adding a fifth for a one up top system seems a little unlikely.
But then who else in Scotland could afford to make a move for him? Rangers are perhaps the only club you could imagine making an offer. They have nothing outside of Alfredo Morelos and Jermaine Defoe. Perhaps they would see Omrani as a good option to rival their own forwards.
Cluj, however, has a huge Champions League meeting with Slavia Prague over the next two weeks. If they can manage to progress and reach the group stages, it would be difficult to see Omrani going anywhere.
A move to Parkhead would be a huge twist in the tail. But, if you look at the striking options already, it feels more likely that we wouldn’t go ahead with any deal for him.