Any hope we may have had for securing Tino Kadewere from Le Havre this January can surely be put to bed now.
Celtic were reported as interested in the striker earlier on in the transfer window by the Daily Mail. It stated the Hoops had been monitoring the Frenchman along with the likes of Lyon, Marseille, Southampton, and Bournemouth respectively.
However, recent comments on the player’s valuation from Le Havre’s general director should end any link between ourselves and the striker. Speaking to France Bleu about negotiations with Lyon, their director Pierre Wantiez has given an indicator on the fee needed to acquire Kadewere.
“We made a proposal to OL on Monday which is the firm proposal of the HAC. We want more than €14m”.
That would mean that, in order for Celtic to sign the young forward, we would need to splash out over £12m on him. With the Hoops never having spent that much on a single player in their history, we can surely now rule ourselves out.
Celtic shouldn’t be accepting Le Havre’s secondary term either
It’s not just the price either. According to France Bleu, Le Havre also want Kadewere loaned to them until the end of the season. There’s no way we would be spending eight figures on a player and then loan him out.
That’s not to say he won’t be worth that kind of money in time. Kadewere has smashed home an impressive 18 goals in 20 Ligue 2 appearances this season (Transfermarkt). It may not be the top league in France, but it’s still a big achievement.
Even if Lyon back away, that won’t make him any cheaper. The Daily Mail stated in their original report that he fancies a move to the Premier League in England. There’s no reason to believe then that he would be up for moving to Scotland first – he clearly has confidence in his ability to make it in a top European league now.
Celtic already have one striker on board after completing the signing of Patryk Klimala for £3.5m (Scottish Sun). Since then, we haven’t seen any progress on our side regarding moves for Andraz Sporar or Lawrence Shankland.
In fact, the Scottish Daily Mail (20/01, page 86) stated yesterday that Celtic had “cooled” their interest in the latter because they had Klimala on board. You can’t then see us turning around and spending upwards of £12m on an alternative.
Whether our work in this window on strikers is done or not remains to be seen. But if we do sign one more, you can bet it won’t be Kadewere.