Winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is in concrete discussions with Celtic and La Liga side Real Betis about completing another loan move from Southampton, Norwegian outlet VG Sport reports (26/06 live blog, 18:59).
The report states that this would be another season-long affair rather than a permanent switch but that it’s been indicated a decision will be made over the next few days.
It seems that the Norwegian international has a big decision to make about his future.
VG Sport reporter Arilas Ould-Saada also relayed the information on social media website Twitter.
Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is closing in on a new loan deal for next season, according to our information (@vgsporten). Two clubs in very concrete discussions with the Norwegian: Celtic and Real Betis. Decision expected shortly. @SouthamptonFC @CelticFC @RealBetis
— Arilas Ould-Saada (@arilasos) June 26, 2020
Elyounoussi is still training with Celtic because his current loan spell at the club is not technically over.
He proved to be an effective weapon for manager Neil Lennon throughout last season despite injury problems, contributing a healthy seven goals and six assists in 20 appearances across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
One of his big moments came against Cluj in the Europa League group stages, scoring in a 2-0 home win.
He was also instrumental in our League Cup semi-final demolition of Hibernian too, netting twice and assisting another double in a 5-2 victory.
Keeping him at the club for our ten-in-a-row push would be a fantastic bit of business and ensure real continuity in the attack, primarily on the left flank.
The hope would be that he puts his injury problems behind him and really kicks on to become one of our best and most consistent players.
However, with a La Liga outfit now reportedly interested (VG Sport), can we convince him to stay in Scotland for another year?