Report: Celtic agree £7.2m fee for Trabzonspor forward Caleb Ekuban

By David Walton

August 25, 2020

There is some really interesting news coming out of Turkey this morning, with Haber Turk and Sporx reporting that Celtic have agreed a fee for Trabzonspor attacker Caleb Ekuban.

Haber Turk, one of the most popular Turkish news outlets, believes that the Hoops have agreed an €8million (£7.2m) fee with the Turkish club plus bonuses.

The source believes that Ekuban is expected to arrive in Glasgow in the next two to three days in order to complete his medical. This is despite news that Trabzonspor manager Eddie Newton urged their board not to sell the striker.

Caleb Ekuban in action for Trabzonspor (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Turkish newspaper Aksam yesterday reported that Ekuban “seriously wants” a move to Parkhead. However, he was also reportedly willing to accept the club’s final decision.

And it appears as though Celtic may really have splashed the cash on the Ghana international, who netted 10 goals last season (Transfermarkt).

A bigger fee than many would’ve expected

The standout aspect here isn’t the news that Celtic are close to signing Ekuban. He can play in a variety of positions going forward, so his versatility could attract manager Neil Lennon.

However, the fee involved seems difficult to get to grips with. If all numbers are accurate here and the clubs have indeed agreed this quantity, then it would be Celtic’s second-highest player buy in history. Only Odsonne Edourd will have been bought for more if this goes ahead (Sky Sports).

Regardless, there’s clearly something in this. Celtic’s interest has long been reported in Turkey, and in recent days it’s only heightened.

Caleb Ekuban celebrates a Trabzonspor goal (Photo by Adsiz Gunebakan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ekuban would come to Parkhead having played regularly as a second striker. Given the recent reports about Tom Rogic’s potential departure to Qatar (Daily Mail), it appears as though Ekuban may have the capabilities to rival Ryan Christie in the number 10 role.

It should be an interesting few days to see if anything comes of this. Reports in Turkey seem certain this is almost a done deal.

In other news, a report has shed light on some of the details involved in bringing fans back to Parkhead.