Celtic are in the running for in-demand Trabzonspor striker Caleb Ekuban, according to a report from the striker’s homeland (KickGH).
The report states that the Hoops, as well as Rangers, are interested in securing the forward’s services. However, there would certainly be competition for Ekuban’s signature.
The striker reportedly favours a move to Celta Vigo, with Vigo and Al-Hilal having already reportedly submitted offers of €5m and €4m respectively. However, KickGH have stated that Trabzonspor won’t be accepting any offers below the €7m mark (£6.3m).
In addition to that, there doesn’t look to be any rush to decide where Ekuban’s future lies. KickGH has reported that a decision will only be made by Trabzonspor’s new manager Eddie Newton. As things stand, no clarification has been made.
Ekuban ended the campaign in Turkey with 10 goals to his name in 34 appearances. That’s despite the fact he spent a substantial period out before the turn of the year with a toe injury (Transfermarkt). Ekuban has also been capped four times by Ghana, scoring against Kenya and Mauritiana respectively.
Ekuban’s goal record doesn’t excite
At 26, Ekuban’s goal record throughout his career doesn’t exactly stand out. In 78 appearances with Trabzonspor, the big forward has only netted on 18 occasions. He also only bagged seven goals in 50 outings with FC Lumezanne in Serie C (Transfermarkt).
For British-based supporters, he may be vaguely remembered for a disappointing spell with Leeds United. During his time at Elland Road, Ekuban scored two goals in 21 appearances as injury problems set his progress back in England.
You wonder, therefore, whether this is a deal that Celtic should be pursuing if we indeed are. Granted, players can’t always be judged on their goal record alone, and if La Liga clubs are circling for Ekuban then he’s clearly doing something right.
But Trabzonspor’s reported figure of £6.3m would surely be a massive turn-off for the Hoops. Especially when you take into account he’s never produced at a level that would seriously impress the Celtic supporters. Such a high sum would be far too risky a punt to take given Ekuban’s history in the game.
It’s no surprise then that the Hoops haven’t launched an offer similar to that of Celta Vigo and Al-Hilal. Celtic could do with a new striker that would captivate the fan-base, or at the very least bring a strong pedigree to the club. Ekuban doesn’t read as though he would be that man.
It remains to be seen if we do indeed make a move given we’re reportedly interested. But, in all seriousness, there must be smarter buys out there.