Celtic made an offer for Cluj forward Billel Omrani according to their club chief Bogdan Mara, The Scottish Sun reports.
Omrani was the architect of the Hoops’ exit from Champions League qualifying last summer, scoring twice and setting up another for Cluj during a disastrous 4-3 defeat at Celtic Park for Neil Lennon’s side.
He also played in both matches against Celtic during Europa League group stage later in the season.
It now appears that if we’d had our way though, Omrani would be starring in green and white right now, rather than continuing to ply his trade in Romania.
That’s the claim of Mara, who told The Scottish Sun: “We had discussions with several clubs and we had offers. Celtic made an offer and so did a club in England.
“But when the offers came in, we needed him for European football and we still need him. I think our asking price of £3million is a fair price and several clubs remain interested.
“I think once football restarts, those clubs who were interested will return to us. He is an excellent player who has enjoyed an extraordinary season both at home and in Europe.”
The former French youth international did provide a big boost to Cluj’s European ambitions.
Beyond his goals at Celtic Park, he netted a further five goals across qualifying and group stage action, helping the Romanian champions into the last 16 of the competition.
That was part of a 13-goal haul in total for his club across all tournaments (Transfermarkt).
Celtic are well stocked in attack, of course, thanks to the talents of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths but could Omrani provide effective back-up or be an alternative to that duo?
He certainly showed off his physicality and pace in Glasgow against our defence.
Mara is clearly drumming up interest for clubs to return with a fresh bid but entering what could be a frugal summer transfer window, there are other priorities in the Celtic squad.
If we keep Edouard adding another forward isn’t high on the list.