Celtic are reportedly interested in Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset.
His time at Bournemouth in the Premier League has been a struggle for him. That’s despite an initial promising period back in France with Le Havre. Back home, Mousset, managed 14 goals in 36 outings.
And it’s not to say he hasn’t had his chance at the Vitality Stadium either. Mousset has made 28 appearances this season, and only notched two goals. Those strikes came against Arsenal and MK Dons respectively.
But despite being reportedly valued at £10m by Bournemouth, Celtic apparently aren’t willing to buy for that much. Instead, the Hoops want to strike a player-plus-cash deal. It would be interesting to see what player the club feels they can offload to Bournemouth that isn’t already valuable to us.
A lot of money for not a lot of pedigree
Mousset may have been capped eight times by the France under-21 side, but he doesn’t have much in the way of goalscoring pedigree. His move to England has fallen flat, after now spending almost three years there.
At 23 years-of-age, however, he would represent untapped potential. But it sounds like Bournemouth could want us to break the bank for a player with such a poor strike rate in British football.
Neil Lennon stated last month that a striker was his number one priority. He claimed that Odsonne Edouard needs help, and therefore if he was looking at someone like Mousset, it wouldn’t be surprising.
Then again, Celtic still have Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo available for next season. As it stands, we already have three forwards we hope to be fit for the summer. If Celtic continue to play with one up front whilst bringing in Mousset, it will be hugely difficult to keep all four happy.
Eddie Howe also claimed as recently as December that Mousset was a big part of Bournemouth’s future (Bournemouth Echo). So it wouldn’t be surprising if they wanted a substantial sum for the forward.
Being held to ransom by English clubs isn’t a situation we want to get ourselves into. Bolstering the squad is essential, but it has to come at the right price. Looking at Mousset’s goal return compared to his cost? This doesn’t appeal at first glance.