Report: Celtic-linked Kevin Nisbet will now cost £5m

By David Walton

August 31, 2021

Celtic-linked Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet will now cost £5m to sign on transfer deadline day according to the Scottish Sun.

The Sun reports that Swansea have made an approach to the Easter Road club for the Scotland international. The move was made yesterday, but no transfer offer was put in for the former Dunfermline Athletic striker.

The report also states that other sides are keeping tabs on Nisbet. However, Hibs have informed Swansea that any deal will have to go up to a sizable £5m figure.

Celtic have been speculated as being interested in Nisbet all throughout the summer window. PLZ Soccer’s Peter Martin stated last week that the Hoops were looking to make a player-plus-cash offer for the striker that involved Leigh Griffiths going the other way. However, Griffiths instead looks set for a loan spell with Dundee [The Courier].

And Nisbet doesn’t look like going anywhere at the current moment. With Celtic talk having cooled since last week, a move for Nisbet appears unlikely.

Instead, Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis [Sky Sports].

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Just because Giakoumakis is likely to come on board doesn’t actually mean we’ll be fully stocked in the centre-forward department.

If Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard leaves, that’s two strikers out and one in. Not to mention Patryk Klimala left earlier in the year and wasn’t particulrly replaced.

Celtic could be sitting with Giakoumakis, Kyogo Furuhashi, and Albian Ajeti as their three centre-forward options. A fourth would be ideal to give Ange Postecoglou the opportunity to go with two up top from time to time. Not forgetting the fact that Ajeti has struggled to impress and can’t be relied upon.

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So failing to acquire Nisbet would be a touch disappointing. Particularly if there is nobody else coming into the club to add to Giakoumakis.

There remains plenty of time in the window for twists and turns of course. Who knows what Celtic may have up their sleeve?

Granted, we know them well enough not to get too excited. The prospect of Nisbet pitching up in Glasgow’s East End over the next few hours is unlikely at best.

In other news, Report: Celtic target Ali McCann to stay at St Johnstone due to price tag