Celtic should renew Moukoudi interest to replace Boyata

By Connor Gordon

December 8, 2018

Celtic should aim to renew interest in French under-20 star Harold Moukoudi in January.

The Bhoys were sniffing around the Le Havre centre-back in the summer according to the Scottish Sun, but nothing came to fruition.

Circumstances have since changed for the French club which could change the balance of power in acquiring Moukoudi’s services.

Boyata absence should up the ante

One reason Celtic should be chasing Moukoudi is the potential absence of Dedryck Boyata.

The Belgian could have played his last game for the club as he may face three weeks out with injury.

Celtic will be looking at a replacement for Dedryck Boyata. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Boyata is in the final year of his contract, meaning Celtic will need to sell next month.

The 28-year-old’s late controversial return at the end of the last window probably put a halt to Celtic’s Moukoudi interest.

Since then, Boyata has went on to have a sublime season before picking up an injury in Sunday’s League Cup final.

Boyata faces a three weeks spell out with injury before transfer window opens. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Knowing of Boyata’s current contract Celtic situation, it should be expected that a replacement is being scouted.

Moukoudi is taller than Boyata, but is slimmer and more agile.

Moukoudi will be a wanted man

The 21-year-old is a star player for the French under-20 squad and fits the mould for Celtic buys.

The Hoops faced competition from Aston Villa who failed to seal the deal as the player said it was too early in his career for such a move.

Moukoudi could join a long line of star French Celts such as Olivier Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele.

Moussa Dembele was a French youth star at Fulham before Celtic move. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Circumstances have changed for Le Havre too since The Bhoys were interested. The Ligue 2 club were fourth and coming off the back of a playoff place, having made the semis.

Now, the former Ligue 1 outfit sit 10th and are a bit away from equalling last season’s feat.

This may lower the rumoured £5 million asking price in January.

Celtic need a new centre-back or two before the summer window closes. Moukoudi fits the bill and will fit in with his fellow countrymen.

Another central defensive transfer saga come July is not what the fans want.