Celtic have shown an interest in Iranian forward Mehrdad Mohammadi – according to a foreign report.

Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb say that Neil Lennon’s men have “expressed an interest” in the 26-year-old striker who is currently plying his trade in the Portuguese top-flight with Desportivo Aves.

Aves have enjoyed a tough season so far – sitting bottom of the Primeira Liga with nine points from 17 games – although Mohammadi’s form has at least given them some cause for optimism.

Mehrdad Mohammadi against Benfica

Mehrdad Mohammadi against Benfica (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

The Iran international has scored seven goals in 16 league clashes this season, including four in his last five.

The report from TMW is pretty basic although it does say that we could soon make an offer for the player.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Do Celtic really need another striker like Mohammadi?

It is intriguing to see an Italian outlet produce a transfer report on an Iranian player reportedly going from a Portuguese club to a Scottish one.

It’s hard to see the direct link between the report and any potential move, but that doesn’t mean to say that it’s completely false.

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Put it this way: why would they make up such a bizarre rumour? Surely if they were up for doing that they would have made it concern an Italian player or club.

You wouldn’t be overly surprised to see us add another forward to the club before the end of the month.

Vakoun Bayo in action for Celtic

Vakoun Bayo in action for Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But, by the same token, you feel that one of the current lot may have to leave before that becomes the case.

Vakoun Bayo would be the most likely, given his lack of recent game time, although his substitute appearance at Rugby Park did suggest that Neil Lennon still holds some hope for him.

Mohammadi clearly has something about him to have scored those goals for a team languishing at the bottom of the table.

But is he really better than what we’ve got at the club at present? We have our doubts.

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