Report: Celtic-linked Alberth Elis to move to Bordeaux this week

By David Walton

August 2, 2021

Celtic-linked Boavista winger Alberth Elis is to move to Bordeaux this week, according ot L’Equipe journalist Emery Taisne.

Elis was again linked with a move to Parkhead this summer after a fine debut campaign in Portugal. The Honduran ended the season with eight goals and six assists despite the fact the club finished in 13th place [Transfermarkt].

Portugese outlet A Bola labelled Celtic as one of four clubs who could make a move for the right-winger this summer. Southampton, Brighton, and West Ham United were the others.

But the same outlet also reported a fee of €10million [£8.5m] for anyone interested, it never looked likely from a Celtic perspective.

And now, it looks as though this particular saga is about to be finalised and rubber-stamped with a move to Ligue 1.

Celtic had a golden chance to sign Alberth Elis last year, Bordeaux now reaping the rewards

Celtic had their chance to do a deal for the impressive Elis last year. During his days in the MLS with Houston Dynamo, the player said he would always ask Emilio Izaguirre to recommend him to Parkhead [Daily Record].

Yet the summer months went by and the Hoops didn’t make their move. Instead, we allowed Boavista to nip in and now Bordeaux could see themselves reap the rewards of a player who’s now tasted European football for the first time.

It’s not as if we’re covered down the flanks by any stretch of the imagination either. We still need a replacement for Mohamed Elyounoussi, whose loan deal expired in the summer. Elis can play on either flank and even as a centre-forward.

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He bagged 63 direct goal contributions in 101 games for Houston Dynamo [Transfermarkt]. For some reason, we didn’t move when we had the chance. But now, given the transfer fee involved, an offer was never really forthcoming.

Elis probably feels that he’s bypassed a move to Scotland. After impressing in Portugal, he’ll see himself operating at one of Europe’s top leagues. That’s something Bordeaux can provide him with.

For Celtic, we continue to search for the Elyounoussi replacement without much success.

In other news, Confirmed: Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi leaves for Ayr United on loan