Report: Celtic make approach for Ligue 1 attacker

By John McGinley

January 7, 2021

Celtic have approached Stade de Reims to discuss what it would take to sign target Nathanael Mbuku, FootMercato reported this afternoon.

Neil Lennon and the recruitment team are on the hunt for a winger during the January transfer window. That’d provide more depth behind James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Mbuku is emerging as an exciting talent at the Ligue 1 side, netting his first professional goal in October.

His progress at Stade de Reims follows promising form for France’s youth international sides.

The winger helped his country to third-place at the 2019 U17 World Cup. He finished the tournament as the second top scorer.

It’s not a foregone conclusion that Mbuku will be arriving at Celtic Park of course.

FootMercato reports that Lille and Parma are also keen and that his club have slapped a £7.25m asking price on the player.

Nathanael Mbuku too rich a target for Celtic?

The attacker’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2023, meaning it will likely take a significant fee to sign the French talent.

There’s precedence for such a move from Celtic though.

Mbuku has made 24 appearances in Ligue 1, which is more experience than Odsonne Edouard had before he arrived on Scottish shores.

Celtic target Nathanael Mbuku / (Photo by Martin Rose – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

If the Bhoys are in the mood to build for the future and think about replacing loanee Elyounoussi, then a move for Mbuku doesn’t appear to be entirely out of the question.

His name is certainly worth watching over the next few weeks and months.

In other news, Celtic have been linked with a move for Sidnei Tavares.