Slovakian club Slovan Bratislava have claimed that Celtic have made an approach for striker Andraz Sporar.
The striker had originally been linked with the Hoops by the Daily Mail back on Friday. However, Celtic manager Neil Lennon stated after our 2-0 win over Hibernian on Sunday that there was nothing in the story (Scottish Sun).
That seemed to put an end to the speculation on the front-man, who’s currently the joint second top goalscorer in the Europa League.
However, in comments published on the club’s official website, Bratislava’s general manager Ivan Kmotrik has announced that Celtic have indeed made an approach.
“It is true that Celtic has sent us a specific offer and has shown an enormous interest in Andraz Sporar. Other strong clubs from countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium have also heard from us.
“The interest is great and we expect it to be even more pronounced during the transition period.
“I think its price is much higher (than €5.5m). I cannot imagine selling Andraz for less than €7m-€8million.”
Adds a new layer to the speculation
All of a sudden the rumour mill opens up again regarding Sporar. Have Celtic made an official approach? Surely it wouldn’t make sense if Lennon’s comments were genuine.
One of two things could be in play here. Neil could simply be wanting to tone down the speculation and keep things quiet. Either that or Bratislava are looking to continue their drumming up of interest in their star striker. It could even be both!
In any case, it leaves more questions than it does answers leading into January. Celtic will surely be on the lookout for another striker, and it seems a bit hasty to cross Sporar off the list as things stand.
He would certainly appear to fit the bill at face value. He has 20 goals in 26 appearances and managed to net five goals in the Europa League groups alone (Transfermarkt). The pedigree is there.
Another interesting side note is the fee involved. The Daily Mail reported a £5m figure in their report back on Friday. However, that only equates to around €5.8m. It looks as though we could have to go over £6m if we want the forward.
We’ll see how this all plays out. For now, it reopens what previously looked like a false rumour.