Honduras international Alberth Elis has completed his move from Houston Dynamo to Boavista after previously outlining a desire to move to Celtic.
The tricky winger moves to Portugal after spending the last three years plying his trade in the MLS, where he managed 64 direct goal contributions in just 101 appearances (Transfermarkt).
— Boavista FC (@boavistaoficial) September 21, 2020
The Daily Record reported earlier this summer that the Hoops had a £3million bid for the Honduran rejected back in January. However, with his previous contract with Houston scheduled to expire at the end of the 2020 MLS campaign, they’ve decided to cash in.
Honduras outlet Diez has reported that Elis rejected the chance to link up with Celtic loan star Vakoun Bayo in Toulouse, and the deal is also said to be less than €3m (£2.75m).
Did Celtic miss out after Elis’ come and get me plea?
Elis had spoken over the summer about a desire to move to Celtic as he touched on the offer that was reportedly rejected back in January.
Speaking in comments published in the Record, Elis said: “When I first played for Honduras I asked Emilio (Izaguirre) to recommend me to Celtic. In fact, I always ask him that! I have spoken to Emilio about Celtic and he’s told me they are another level.”
Elis’ goal return is hard to ignore. Already this season, he’s managed four goals and three assists in just six MLS outings. That’s scary early-season form, and makes you wonder why we weren’t all over this one.
It’s even more bemusing considering Elis is a right-winger by trade. He has experience of playing on the left too, but is primary considered a right-sided player. Funnily enough, that’s one of two positions we badly need to strengthen in before the window is closed.
This smacks of a missed opportunity, and at 24, there’s plenty of room for growth in Elis’ game yet. His potential looks pretty frightening, and he certainly has the pedigree of a player who would do damage in Scotland.
Regardless, we move on. It remains to be seen who Neil Lennon brings in to compete with James Forrest moving forward, but it’s difficult to see why Celtic haven’t moved for Elis.