Report: Celtic prepping formal offer for Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke; 30 goals in 53 games
Celtic are prepping a formal offer to lure Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke to Parkhead next season, the Northern Echo reports.
The North East outlet believes Celtic are growing increasingly confident in a bid to sign the 28-year-old frontman. They believe they’re looking to make significant progress in the transfer market in the next few days.
And Wyke could be a potential target after a stunning campaign with the League One club. The former Carlisle United and Bradford City man produced his most prolific ever campaign of his career in the 2020/21 campaign. Wyke bagged 30 goals in 53 games in a rip-roaring return that’s said to have attracted the interest of several English Championship clubs [Transfermarkt].
But the Northern Echo claims Celtic held initial talks with Wyke earlier this summer. It’s stated that Sunderland are willing to offer similar financial terms to what the Hoops put forward. However, they say persuading Wyke to stay in League One as opposed to the Scottish Premiership is a difficult task.
Celtic are in the market for goal-scoring strikers this summer. Patryk Klimala has already left the club whilst Odsonne Edouard is reportedly close to joining Leicester City [Daily Record].
Celtic move for Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke would see them bag a penalty-box predator
Interestingly, 16 of Wyke’s goals for Sunderland this season have come directly from headers. Another nine came from first-time finishes from cross-balls. In short, Wyke is a natural penalty-box striker with a clinical edge to his game.
It’s no surprise to see Celtic so heavily linked with him. Too often last season we produced cross after cross into the penalty box with next to no joy. Wyke seems to thrive in that kind of environment, with brilliant movement in getting away from opposition defenders.
He is, essentially, what Albian Ajeti was supposed to be when he joined the club last summer. Whilst I would be all for the Swiss forward being given another chance, bringing Wyke to Parkhead looks an interesting move.
You can understand the concerns some Celtic fans would have regarding the signing of a 28-year-old English League One forward who doesn’t have much of a track record. But Wyke looks like a late bloomer, and provides us with an aerial and predatorial threat we’ve been missing this season.
With the goals he’s scored in League One, he can clearly find the net in Scotland. Granted, whether he could cope with the major rise in intensity and pressure levels at Parkhead is a question unanswered.
You have to imagine Ange Postecoglou will want to take a look at our striking options before going any further here. But with him claiming last week that work has already been done in player recruitment [Celtic Website], perhaps Wyke is someone Postecoglou has had his eye on for a while.