Rejected £9m offer from unknown club effectively ends Celtic interest in Championship attacker

By Lewis Laird

June 15, 2022

The summer transfer window may have only opened last Friday, but Celtic appear to be already making moves in the market.

On the opening day of the window, the club announced the permanent arrival of Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Just a matter of hours later reports also suggested that Ange Postecoglou was pushing for the signing of a new left-back in 21-year-old Alexandro Bernabei.

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The Celtic manager clearly knows what he wants this window and is keen to see players come to the club as soon as possible before pre-season.

According to several reports, including Sky Sports Anthony Joseph, the Hoops are also in the market for another striker to add to the squad, alongside Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

One option that the Hoops may have been taking a look at this summer is Bristol City frontman Antoine Semenyo.

The Bhoys appear to have been keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old, with Semenyo’s agent confirming that club scout Craig Strachan had enquiring about the Ghanian internationalist [Football Scotland]

Ange Postecoglou’s side might have been starting to take an interest in Semenyo, however, the striker now looks to be outwith the club’s reach or will.

According to a report from Bristol World, the English Championship side has turned down a £9 million deal for the striker from an unnamed club.

Currently, Semenyo has just one year on his deal at Ashton Gate. But, City does have the option to extend by a further 12 months and are expected to take that up.

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Semenyo unlikely to be near Parkhead anytime soon

This news effectively rules Celtic out of the running, with Nigel Pearson looking for upwards of £15m to take Semenyo away, according to the report.

It seems very unlikely that Celtic will be spending that kind of cash on a forward this summer with Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis already in place.

Already this window, Postecoglou has been linked to several different other striker options, including Ferencvaros attacker Ryan Mmaee. A third option would be nice, but not for an eight-figure fee.

In usual Postecoglou fashion, the Celtic manager will have simply moved on to looking at other available players by now, to find the best available option to bring to the club this summer.

In other news, Derek McInnes signs released Celtic midfielder at Kilmarnock.