Scottish broadcaster Peter Martin has delivered a further social media update on Celtic’s pursuit of Steven Fletcher.
The 33-year-old striker was offered a one-year deal by the Hoops (BBC) but it appears now that the move won’t be happening.
Earlier, we told you how Martin had revealed Stoke City were the front runners to land the Scotland international.
Now, it seems like the striker’s move to Glasgow could be off completely, per Martin’s latest tweet.
Looks like #Celtic pursuing other options as Fletcher deal stalled or died between last night and this morning. As you know, the masters of playing one deal off against another will continue all the way till the end of the transfer window. Few twists and turns ahead. #transfers
— Peter Martin (@PeterMsport) August 6, 2020
Does this open the door for Toney?
The obvious question is: Who are those “other options” Martin refers to?
The two names that have been most mentioned this summer so far are Albian Ajeti and Ivan Toney.
Both have decent pedigree after scoring plenty of goals in recent seasons, while they are also significantly younger than Fletcher.
If Celtic have pulled out of the deal to sign Fletcher, it may mean that we’re about to get some positive news in the coming days.
At present, we are pretty reliant on talisman Odsonne Edouard. We know Leigh Griffiths has it in him to score goals, but he seems to be third choice behind the talented, but unproven Patryk Klimala.
A striker will be right at the top of Neil Lennon’s wish list this summer, with the only stipulation being that he scores goals.
If not Fletcher, then who?