Any deal taking Lys Mousset to Celtic looks set to be challenged by Turkish outfit Goztepe.
The Daily Mirror (June 29th, page 75) believes that the Bournemouth man is now wanted by the Turks on a loan deal. This means that, if it’s true, Celtic could have competition in swaying him to Glasgow, should we still want him.
Celtic fans will remember Mousset being linked with the club earlier in the window. There were even reports that the Hoops had seen an offer for the French striker rejected (The Scotsman). It reportedly involved swapping Ntcham for the out-of-sorts front-man too.
Since then, news has gone quiet on whether Celtic will make another move for the striker. The Daily Mail initially reported Celtic’s interest in Mousset, who only managed two goals in 28 appearances for the Cherries last season.
He’s proved to be a bit of a flop in that sense, after initially signing for Bournemouth in the summer of 2016 from Le Havre. The Premier League has evidently been too much of a step-up for him. In total, Mousset has managed just three goals in 58 Premier League appearances overall. Granted, 23 of last season’s outings were as a substitute.
Mousset to Celtic doesn’t look convincing
The fact that the Turks apparently want Mousset on loan is interesting. If Celtic went down the same route, it could allow them to nab a £10million-rated (Daily Mail) striker for nothing this year. It would come with no risk, and if he fails then we have three other forwards looking to make an impact currently at the club.
But it’s that very reason that Celtic shouldn’t go all out for Mousset and splash anywhere near £10m. We don’t necessarily need him as it stands. Unless, of course, Neil Lennon plans to go for a fourth striker with the 4-4-2 system in mind. But even then, surely there are cheaper alternatives whose goal return reads better.
Yes, Mousset may be strong on the ball and be a good target man. But with that kind of goal return, he’s not likely to be a popular figure here if he’s a forward that doesn’t regularly put the ball in the net.
It remains to be seen if Bournemouth would even consider a loan deal for their attacking star. Mousset has still featured regularly for them, even if it has been off the bench. They could easily decide to keep him as a back-up option for next season.
Lennon last season pushed the idea of any new striker arriving being able to take the weight off of Odsonne Edouard’s shoulders (The Herald). Mousset doesn’t exactly have a track record of doing just that.
In any case, Celtic haven’t been linked with him since the initial interest. It would be a slight surprised if anything changed there anytime soon.