Celtic-linked striker Lys Mousset has reportedly had a bid accepted for him by Bournemouth from Sheffield United.
According to the Bournemouth Echo, a deal worth around £10million has been accepted for his services. It’s a move that would keep the Frenchman in the Premier League next season.
The Hoops had been one of the heavily linked parties when it came to Mousset. The Daily Mail (June 5th, Page 75) reported that the Hoops had tried to offer Olivier Ntcham as part of a deal to bring Mousset to Parkhead. It was an offer that was apparently rejected, with nothing further coming out regarding more moves from Celtic.
And if we are still monitoring events, it looks like we’re set to miss out. The Bournemouth Echo believes that he’s reportedly close to securing his switch to the Premier League new-boys.
Mousset only scored five goals during his three-year spell in England with the Cherries. It’s hardly a run of form that makes you take notice, and he’s also appeared on 71 occasions for the Premier League side too.
Celtic-linked striker likely wasn’t pursued further by Hoops
It seems a stretch to call this a blow to the club. After all, there had been nothing on our pursuit for Mousset in over a month. If Celtic had been determined, we would’ve definitely heard something on it by now.
It’s important to remember that Neil Lennon still did say towards the end of last season that he wanted a striker. He said it was his top priority in fact (The Herald). Even if the defensive departures over the summer changed that fact, it’s unlikely that getting another forward in has been totally dropped by the manager.
Of course, no other names seem imminent in terms of a Parkhead arrival up front. Mousset has arguably been the one we were most interested in securing. Even then you could question just how interested we were in the end.
Celtic still have Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard, and Vakoun Issouf Bayo up top. Whilst three forwards would’ve been ideal to go with in the past, it’s a risky game playing two up top with just one striker replacement available, should Lennon ever feel fit to play that system.
In any case, the deal for Mousset looks close to completion, and he isn’t Parkhead bound. With a bit of luck, this isn’t a blow to Lennon’s plans for the position this summer.