Celtic should move for Artem Dzyuba should Sporar deal not happen

By John Reid

January 7, 2020

It is as yet uncertain if Celtic will complete a January window transfer move for Slovan Bratislava striker Andraz Sporar.

The Hoops have been linked with a move for the player for a few weeks, but a report in the Daily Record quotes Bratislava general director Ivan Kmotrik, who claims that the Hoops haven’t been in contact about the player since December the 23rd.

That could mean that the Hoops have now moved on to new targets. One such player who is hopefully on Neil Lennon’s list of players to sign in January is Zenit striker and Russia captain Artem Dzyuba.

Some Celtic fans might feel that moving for such a high-profile player is unrealistic. However, it should be pointed out that the Hoops haven’t been afraid to spend big money in the last few seasons. The combined £16 million spent on Odsonne Edouard and Chrisopher Jullien points to that.

Player is out of contract at the end of the season

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There is also another factor to take into account. He is out of contract at the end of the season. Celtic should at least be entering into discussions with the player.

What a coup it would be for Celtic to bring a player with 24 international goals to the club. He has also scored plenty of goals for Zenit, with 13 goals in 26 games this season.

Normally it would be a bit of a gamble for Celtic to attempt such a major signing in January. However, with nine in a row on the line, all bets are off.

Hoops have nothing to lose going for signing

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This is exactly the time that Celtic should be gambling on major signings. A signing like this would also excite the fans, and really it shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.

Celtic will sign a striker in January, that seems to be certain. There is no reason why the Hoops should not at least make an attempt to sign Artem Dzyuba. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.