Celtic are interested in signing Dundee United attacker Louis Appere, according to website TEAMtalk.

The Hoops have been linked with a variety of forwards ahead of the January transfer window, with Neil Lennon’s squad in need of a bit of depth in attack beyond Odsonne Edouard.

The manager himself addressed one of the rumours earlier today, denying that there was any interest in striker Andraz Sporar (Clyde Superscoreboard).

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TEAMtalk’s Appere link comes from left-field, but the outlet reckon that the Scottish champions and clubs such as Rangers, Leeds United and Bournemouth are all keen on signing him up after decent form this season.

It’s said that Scottish Championship side United value him at around £2.5m.

General view of Celtic Park

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

High price for unproven talent

United are flying high this season, currently enjoying a massive 13 point lead at the top of the Championship table. They look to be destined for a long-awaited return to the top-flight.

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And fair play to Appere.

The 20-year-old has played his part in a breakthrough season, scoring four goals and assisting five more in 22 appearances, playing across a variety of attacking positions (Transfermarkt).

However, from our perspective, this is interest that just doesn’t make too much sense, especially at the reported asking price of £2.5m.

Although Celtic have ramped up their transfer spending in recent years, that’s still a fair chunk of change for a player who has yet to play at a meaningful level.

The Bhoys should only be making signings in the seven-figure bracket if the talent involved is going to be ready to plug into our current set-up and immediately bring the kind of quality needed to stay at the pinnacle of Scottish football and forge a path in Europe.

Appere may have potential, but he’s better off staying at Tannadice, getting regular first-team football and developing his talents more.

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