Trabzonspor manager open to selling Celtic-linked Caleb Ekuban
Trabzonspor manager Eddie Newton has opened the door for Celtic to sign striker Caleb Ekuban, claiming he can be sold this summer.
Celtic have been locked in talks with the Turkish Super Lig side with regards to a move for the front-man, according to Turkish media outlet Fotomac.
The website claims Celtic have continually raised their offers starting at €4million (£3.6m) to as high as €5.5m (£4.95m) for Ekuban.
And, speaking in comments published by Fotomac, Trabzonspor’s Newton has hardly blocked the way for his star man to depart.
“We can sell him, but finding someone with similar talent will be expensive. He is versatile and strong. He is someone who will strengthen our attacking play (should we keep him).”
Ekuban’s versatility may be attractive to Neil Lennon
It’s difficult to see the argument when it comes to bringing in another centre-forward. Ekuban’s record of 10 goals and 11 assists in 31 games last season is respectable, but it hardly stands out (Transfermarkt).
Yet the striker has often been utilised as a second striker for the Turkish side. If he hasn’t been playing centrally, the Ghana international has been selected down both the right and left flanks.
Naturally a right-footed player, this suggests that Ekuban could provide cover for James Forrest. Back-up down the right flank has been a long-term problem for Celtic ever since Patrick Roberts left the club.
With four solid striking options already available to Celtic boss Lennon, it seems almost inconceivable that he would be looking to bring in a fifth to compete with those already here.
But the Ekuban speculation just won’t go away. It had initially been reported last week that Celtic were walking away from the deal due to Trabzonspor’s €7m valuation for the player (Haber TS).
Yet it still appears as though the Hoops aren’t letting this one go quite yet.