Jagiellonia Bialystok vice-president touches on Celtic interest in Patryk Klimala

By David Walton

January 9, 2020

Jagiellonia Bialystok’s vice-president Agnieszka Syczewska has denied that Celtic have made an offer for Patryk Klimala.

The Scottish Sun revealed that the Poland under-21 hotshot is on a list of targets that Neil Lennon has to add to his strikeforce. This was then followed by the player himself stating that he would only move to a club where he would be first-choice (Scottish Sun).

Klimala has certainly been making waves this season. In his 18 matches for Jagiellonia this season, he’s managed to net seven goals. He’s only missed three games this season too as he continues to be a regular for the Polish outfit (Transfermarkt).

Patryk Klimala is reportedly on a list of striking targets (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But speaking to Polish outlet Sport.pl, Syczewska confirmed that there has been no bid put forward as of yet by the Hoops. She’s also claimed that the club don’t have their eyes set on Klimala leaving this winter:

“Celtic did not contact us regarding Patryk’s transfer. We don’t have any offers so far, so at the moment there is no indication that Patryk should be leaving us in the winter.

“On the other hand, one has to be aware that the transfer window in Europe has just opened. It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future.”

Keeping things coy

Klymala seems available if we want to go for him (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Klimala’s representative expressed similar hesitancy. Speaking to Sport pl, Tomasz Magdziarz reiterated there had been no offers for his client:

“There are many rumours during transfer windows and it is difficult to respond to any of them.

“We do not care about publicity in this matter, but I can say that we are conducting some talks on Patryk’s case. The window is still open for a long time, so many things can happen.”

Jagiellona seem open to discussions

It seem as though the Polish side would most certainly be open to talking about their star-striker, even if they aren’t set on selling him this January. Syczewska is clearly wary of what can happen during the transfer window, and she would likely be more bullish if the club wasn’t allowing talks to take place.

With regards to a fee for the striker, The Sun believe he can be bought for €4million. This is due to an apparent release clause in his contract. That’s more than affordable for Celtic if they want to go down that route.

Neil Lennon apparently has a list of striking targets (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, despite Klimala’s clear promise, his goal record isn’t trailblazing. Last season, he only managed four goals in 29 appearances for Bialystok (Transfermarkt). It’s hardly the record of an out-and-out goalscorer.

All eyes will now be on Celtic. In fairness to the Hoops, there haven’t been any reports indicating that Klimala will be our number one target this January. But these comments from the vice-president and agent show that he’s there if we want him.